Sine Qua Non

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Sine Qua Non: The Importance

Sine Qua Non has emerged as arguable one of the most collectable fine wine producers on the planet; a Rhône-inspired Californian tour de force. Their fame exploded in the early 2000s, leading to what Robert Parker described as “an absolutely brilliant succession of true works of genius”, which has not abated since. On the global fine wine market, there are few who can touch Sine Qua Non in terms of sheer desirability and originality.

 

Robert Parker has called Sine Qua Non: “one of the world’s great wineries”, and it has earned a place alongside icons such as Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Leroy, Petrus and the first growths for its “compelling, singular and world-class wines that are like no other being produced on Planet Earth.”

Parker’s colleague Jeb Dunnuck concurs: “About as good as it gets across the board, these singular, incredible wines are the result of an obsessive attention to detail at all stages of the wine making process.” Antonio Galloni seconds the motion: “The sheer drive for perfection and attention to detail at Sine Qua Non is something I have rarely witnessed anywhere else in the world.”  And Jeff Leve seals it: “There is no winery on earth that competes with what Manfred and Elaine Krankl have done at Sine Qua Non for creativity… The wine is stunning young and with bottle age. There is nothing out there like it.”

 

Sine Qua Non: The Insight

Those looking to buy Sine Qua Non need to be fast and well connected, such is demand and rarity. Critic scores are consistently huge with the number of perfect 100 pointers from Wine Advocate extending well into double figures.

 

Staple Rhône varietals are used – Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Roussanne, Viognier and Chardonnay – but Sine Qua Non believe that each vintage is unique, they therefore produce different cuvées each year in tiny quantities. Each one is individually and idiosyncratically named, receiving new and unique label designs every time. The range is therefore diverse and extensive and the labels are works of art in their own right…

 

Robert Parker offers some broad-brush advice:  “In an ocean of mediocre wines, the SQN offerings are totally profound. They inspire and energise anyone who tastes them…. They produce California’s finest Grenache, one of the two or three best Syrahs and some of the top white varietal blends in addition to some utterly profound dessert wines.”

 

Wines are produced in tiny batches and released via tightly-controlled allocations through the domaine’s private mailing list, making the hard to come by. However, FINE+RARE’s extensive network can provide fleeting access to them before they are snapped up by collectors and aficionados.

 

Sine Qua Non: The Background

Born in Austria, Manfred Krankl moved to Los Angeles in California where he met Elaine, his now wife. The pair began to dabble in winemaking, supported by Bryan Babcock and John Alban in the early years, with the idea of making wines for their restaurant. But in the end the winemaking consumed all. Their winery was established in 1994 and the first official release, Queen of Spades 1994, has become highly collectable and vastly expensive. The rest of their wines have followed suit.

 

Sine Qua Non’s winemaking facility is located in Ventura County, not far from the Santa Barbara vineyards from which they source their fruit. Although some grapes are bought, much of the fruit comes from their own vineyards, which are as eclectically named as their wines: Eleven Confessions in Santa Rita Hills, Cumulus in Oak View, The Third Twin in Los Alamos, Molly Aïda in Tepusquet Canyon. Manfred Krankl’s winemaking techniques have been compared to Etienne Guigal’s, opting for small volume, natural yeasts, extended lees ageing for whites, repeat racking for reds and new oak. Sweet wines were produced with help from legendary Austrian winemaker Alois Kracher, hence their name: Mr K.

 

Sine Qua Non is a Latin term meaning a thing that is absolutely necessary. For all serious collectors, owning Sine Qua Non’s Central Coast AVA wines has become absolutely necessary.

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2006 A Shot In The Dark (Syrah) Sine Qua Non California

100.0

2006 A Shot In The Dark (Syrah) California

100.0
£13,971.00
£1,163.00

1996 Against the Wall Sine Qua Non California

94.0

1996 Against the Wall California

94.0
£11,287.00
£940.00
DP £940.00

2001 Albino Sine Qua Non California

96.0

2001 Albino California

96.0
£5,345.00
DP £336.00
DP £423.00

2013 An Eight Track Rose Sine Qua Non California

2013 An Eight Track Rose California

£2,291.00
£192.00

2005 Atlantis Fe 203 1A (Syrah) Sine Qua Non California

100.0

2005 Atlantis Fe 203 1A (Syrah) California

100.0
£7,513.00
DP £626.00

2005 Atlantis Fe 203 1B (Syrah) Sine Qua Non California

2005 Atlantis Fe 203 1B (Syrah) California

£8,992.00
£749.00
DP £749.00

1998 Backward & Forward Sine Qua Non California

90.5

1998 Backward & Forward California

90.5
£12,031.00
£1,002.00
DP £1,002.00

2007 Body and Soul Sine Qua Non California

2007 Body and Soul California

£2,836.00
DP £237.00

2003 Boots, Pasties, Scanty Panties & Ten Gallon Hat Sine Qua Non California

2003 Boots, Pasties, Scanty Panties & Ten Gallon Hat California

£17,407.00
DP £1,449.00
£743.00

2010 Chimere Chateauneuf du Pape (Clos St Jean) Sine Qua Non Rhone

2010 Chimere Chateauneuf du Pape (Clos St Jean) Rhone

£20,091.00
£3,349.00

1997 Crossed Rose Sine Qua Non California

1997 Crossed Rose California

£73,088.00
DP £6,134.00

2011 Dark Blossom Grenache Sine Qua Non

97.0

2011 Dark Blossom Grenache

97.0
£4,126.00
£344.00

2011 Dark Blossom Grenache/Syrah Sine Qua Non

2011 Dark Blossom Grenache/Syrah

£5,926.00
£2,962.00
£1,974.00

2011 Dark Blossom Syrah Sine Qua Non

99.0

2011 Dark Blossom Syrah

99.0
£4,588.00
£4,588.00
£382.00

1998 E-Raised Sine Qua Non California

97.0

1998 E-Raised California

97.0
£10,893.00
£907.00
£849.00
DP £907.00

2013 Female Grenache Sine Qua Non California

2013 Female Grenache California

£2,932.00
£2,932.00
£245.00
DP £303.00

2010 Five Shooter Grenache Sine Qua Non California

98.0

2010 Five Shooter Grenache California

98.0
£4,288.00
£357.00
£322.00

2010 Five Shooter Syrah Sine Qua Non

98.0

2010 Five Shooter Syrah

98.0
£4,048.00
£337.00
£341.00
DP £337.00

2007 Grenache Dangerous Birds Sine Qua Non California

99.0

2007 Grenache Dangerous Birds California

99.0
£12,329.00
£1,027.00

2004 Grenache Into The Dark Sine Qua Non California

99.0

2004 Grenache Into The Dark California

99.0
£7,599.00
£633.00

2002 Grenache More than just a number Sine Qua Non California

96.0

2002 Grenache More than just a number California

96.0
£19,227.00
£1,601.00

2007 Grenache Pictures Sine Qua Non California

97.0

2007 Grenache Pictures California

97.0
£3,806.00
£317.00

2006 Grenache Raven Series Sine Qua Non California

98.0

2006 Grenache Raven Series California

98.0
£4,948.00
£413.00

2001 Grenache The Ventriloquist Sine Qua Non California

88.0

2001 Grenache The Ventriloquist California

88.0
£6,543.00
DP £545.00

1992 Havens Black and Blue Sine Qua Non

1992 Havens Black and Blue

£39,404.00
£3,300.00
DP £3,300.00

2002 Heart Chorea Sine Qua Non California

99.0

2002 Heart Chorea California

99.0
£35,192.00
£2,944.00
DP £2,944.00
DP £5,890.00

2002 Hollerin' M Shea Vineyard Sine Qua Non

96.0

2002 Hollerin' M Shea Vineyard

96.0
£3,818.00
DP £318.00

1999 Icarus Sine Qua Non California

93.0

1999 Icarus California

93.0
£12,317.00
£1,026.00

1997 Impostor Mccoy Syrah Sine Qua Non California

1997 Impostor Mccoy Syrah California

£9,513.00
£792.00
DP £792.00

2000 In Flagrante Syrah Sine Qua Non California

96.0

2000 In Flagrante Syrah California

96.0
£6,300.00
£525.00
DP £525.00
£1,050.00

2012 In the Abstract Sine Qua Non California

97.0

2012 In the Abstract California

97.0
£2,048.00
£172.00

2000 Incognito Sine Qua Non California

100.0

2000 Incognito California

100.0
£16,953.00
DP £1,255.00

2002 Just For The Love Of It (Syrah) Sine Qua Non

100.0

2002 Just For The Love Of It (Syrah)

100.0
£9,537.00
£755.00

2014 Lightmotif White Sine Qua Non California

97.0

2014 Lightmotif White California

97.0
£2,164.00
£2,164.00

2013 Male Syrah Sine Qua Non California

2013 Male Syrah California

£2,932.00
£2,932.00
£1,465.00
£731.00
£234.00
DP £310.00

2001 Midnight Oil (Syrah) Sine Qua Non California

96.0

2001 Midnight Oil (Syrah) California

96.0
£7,914.00
£659.00

2006 Mr K The Nobleman Chardonnay Sine Qua Non

2006 Mr K The Nobleman Chardonnay

£1,842.00
£81.00

2003 Mr K The Nobleman Chardonnay Sine Qua Non

2003 Mr K The Nobleman Chardonnay

£1,421.00
£179.00

2001 Mr K The Nobleman Chardonnay Sine Qua Non

2001 Mr K The Nobleman Chardonnay

£1,647.00
£207.00

2004 Ode To E (Grenache) Sine Qua Non

100.0

2004 Ode To E (Grenache)

100.0
£14,233.00
£1,184.00

2004 Ode To E (Syrah) Sine Qua Non California

99.0

2004 Ode To E (Syrah) California

99.0
£11,275.00
£939.00

2004 Ode To E Assortment (3xO2E-S, 3xO2E-G) Sine Qua Non

2004 Ode To E Assortment (3xO2E-S, 3xO2E-G)

£7,978.00
£3,988.00

2003 Omega Shea Vineyard Sine Qua Non

2003 Omega Shea Vineyard

£5,222.00
DP £393.00

2003 Omega/Sublime Isolation Assortment Sine Qua Non California

2003 Omega/Sublime Isolation Assortment California

£32,060.00
£2,680.00

2009 On The Lam Sine Qua Non California

2009 On The Lam California

£3,830.00
£319.00

2001 On Your Toes Sine Qua Non California

99.0

2001 On Your Toes California

99.0
£24,548.00
£2,049.00
DP £1,853.00

2005 Over and Out Arrita Hills Pinot Noir Sine Qua Non

94.0

2005 Over and Out Arrita Hills Pinot Noir

94.0
£4,288.00
£357.00

1999 Ox Pinot Noir Sine Qua Non

1999 Ox Pinot Noir

£5,890.00
£490.00
DP £490.00

2009 Packin Rosy Sine Qua Non California

2009 Packin Rosy California

£6,156.00
£513.00

2000 Pinot Noir A Cappella Sine Qua Non Oregon

2000 Pinot Noir A Cappella Oregon

£5,755.00
£479.00

2004 Pinot Noir Covert Fingers Sine Qua Non California

94.0

2004 Pinot Noir Covert Fingers California

94.0
£5,659.00
£471.00
DP £471.00

1997 Pinot Noir The Complicator Sine Qua Non California

1997 Pinot Noir The Complicator California

£43,076.00
DP £3,608.00

2001 Pinot Noir Yamhill County No 6 Sine Qua Non Oregon

2001 Pinot Noir Yamhill County No 6 Oregon

£4,507.00
£375.00

2014 Pirahna Waterdance Syrah Sine Qua Non California

2014 Pirahna Waterdance Syrah California

£3,285.00
£274.00

2014 Piranha Waterdance Syrah Sine Qua Non California

98.5

2014 Piranha Waterdance Syrah California

98.5
£3,285.00
£274.00

2002 Proprietary White Whisperin' E Sine Qua Non California

95.0

2002 Proprietary White Whisperin' E California

95.0
£3,309.00
£276.00
£263.00

1995 Red Handed Proprietary Red Wine Sine Qua Non

86.0

1995 Red Handed Proprietary Red Wine

86.0
£18,115.00
DP £1,508.00

2013 Resiste Proprietary White Sine Qua Non California

97.0

2013 Resiste Proprietary White California

97.0
£2,303.00
£193.00

2001 Rose Pagan Poetry Sine Qua Non California

2001 Rose Pagan Poetry California

£10,749.00
DP £459.00

1999 Rose XL Sine Qua Non California

1999 Rose XL California

£29,960.00
DP £1,284.00

2000 Roussanne The Hussy Sine Qua Non California

93.0

2000 Roussanne The Hussy California

93.0
£9,950.00
DP £829.00

2010 SQN 11 Conf. (Stockholm Syndrome: 3 Syr, 3 Gren) Sine Qua Non California

2010 SQN 11 Conf. (Stockholm Syndrome: 3 Syr, 3 Gren) California

£8,685.00
£4,343.00

2006 SQN 11 Confessions (1xSITD-S, 1xITCH-G) Sine Qua Non

2006 SQN 11 Confessions (1xSITD-S, 1xITCH-G)

£8,785.00
£4,393.00

2007 SQN 11 Confessions (2xG-DB, 4xS-DB) Sine Qua Non

2007 SQN 11 Confessions (2xG-DB, 4xS-DB)

£7,495.00
£3,746.00

2009 SQN 11 Confessions (4xTINAEX-S, 2xTINAEX-G) Sine Qua Non

2009 SQN 11 Confessions (4xTINAEX-S, 2xTINAEX-G)

£6,597.00
£3,299.00

2011 SQN 11 Confessions (Patine: 3 Syrah,3 Grenache) Sine Qua Non California

2011 SQN 11 Confessions (Patine: 3 Syrah,3 Grenache) California

£42,392.00
£21,296.00

2001 SQN Collection (Rien Ne Va Plus 1.5Lx1, 75clx3) Sine Qua Non California

2001 SQN Collection (Rien Ne Va Plus 1.5Lx1, 75clx3) California

£73,088.00
£6,134.00

2000 SQN Collection (Rousanne The Hussy 1.5Lx1, 75clx3) Sine Qua Non California

2000 SQN Collection (Rousanne The Hussy 1.5Lx1, 75clx3) California

£58,388.00
£4,897.00

2009 SQN Next of Kin 3 Cumulus Vineyard Collection Case Sine Qua Non

2009 SQN Next of Kin 3 Cumulus Vineyard Collection Case

£5,779.00
£1,444.00
£963.00

2014 Shakti Grenache Sine Qua Non California

97.0

2014 Shakti Grenache California

97.0
£3,277.00
£3,277.00
£274.00
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