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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2017 Inconnu Proprietary White Sine Qua Non California

2017 Inconnu Proprietary White California

£2,113.00
£178.00

2016 Deux Grenouilles White Sine Qua Non California

2016 Deux Grenouilles White California

£2,423.00
£2,423.00
£203.00

2016 Dirt Vernacular Grenache Sine Qua Non California

96.0

2016 Dirt Vernacular Grenache California

96.0
£3,476.00
£290.00

2016 Ratsel 16 Syrah Sine Qua Non California

2016 Ratsel 16 Syrah California

£3,540.00
£3,540.00
£296.00
Duty Paid £296.00

2015 Le Chemin Vers L'Heresie Grenache Sine Qua Non California

98.0

2015 Le Chemin Vers L'Heresie Grenache California

98.0
£4,336.00
£4,336.00
£361.00

2015 Trouver l'Arene Syrah Sine Qua Non California

100.0

2015 Trouver l'Arene Syrah California

100.0
£3,145.00
£263.00

2015 SQN Assortment (1x Le Chemin Vers L'Heresie, 1x Trouver l'Arene) Sine Qua Non California

2015 SQN Assortment (1x Le Chemin Vers L'Heresie, 1x Trouver l'Arene) California

£4,282.00
£1,427.00

2015 Entre Chien et Loup Sine Qua Non California

97.0

2015 Entre Chien et Loup California

97.0
£2,692.00
£226.00

2014 Lightmotif White Sine Qua Non California

97.0

2014 Lightmotif White California

97.0
£2,290.00
£192.00

2014 SQN Assortment (Piranha Waterdance Syrah /Shakti Grenache) Sine Qua Non California

2014 SQN Assortment (Piranha Waterdance Syrah /Shakti Grenache) California

£4,998.00
£1,665.00

2014 Shakti Grenache Sine Qua Non California

97.0

2014 Shakti Grenache California

97.0
£2,968.00
£248.00

2014 SQN Collection (Capo dei Putti, Testa dei Cherubini) Sine Qua Non California

2014 SQN Collection (Capo dei Putti, Testa dei Cherubini) California

£5,497.00
£2,747.00

2014 Capo dei Putti Syrah Sine Qua Non California

96.0

2014 Capo dei Putti Syrah California

96.0
£3,830.00
£319.00

2013 Male Syrah Sine Qua Non California

98.0

2013 Male Syrah California

98.0
£3,621.00
£3,621.00
£302.00
Duty Paid £302.00
£603.00

2013 Female Grenache Sine Qua Non California

97.0

2013 Female Grenache California

97.0
£3,190.00
£267.00

2013 Sine Qua Non (3x Jusq’a l’Os, 3x Le Supplement) Sine Qua Non California

2013 Sine Qua Non (3x Jusq’a l’Os, 3x Le Supplement) California

£6,854.00
£3,426.00

2013 SQN 11 Confessions (Jusq’a l’Os, Le Supplement) Sine Qua Non California

2013 SQN 11 Confessions (Jusq’a l’Os, Le Supplement) California

£6,663.00
£3,332.00

2012 SQN Collection case (Stock Syrah/Stein Grenache) Sine Qua Non California

2012 SQN Collection case (Stock Syrah/Stein Grenache) California

£4,711.00
£1,571.00

2012 Stock Syrah Sine Qua Non California

98.0

2012 Stock Syrah California

98.0
£2,748.00
£3,767.00
£230.00

2012 Stein Grenache Sine Qua Non California

97.0

2012 Stein Grenache California

97.0
£2,726.00
£229.00

2012 Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard (3 btls, 1 mag) Sine Qua Non California

2012 Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard (3 btls, 1 mag) California

£6,665.00
£2,220.00

2012 SQN 11 Conf. (Touche Syrah, Rattrapante Grenache) Sine Qua Non California

2012 SQN 11 Conf. (Touche Syrah, Rattrapante Grenache) California

£7,048.00
£3,426.00
£587.00

2012 Touche Syrah Sine Qua Non California

100.0

2012 Touche Syrah California

100.0
£5,817.00
£484.00
£969.00

2012 Next of Kyn Syrah No. 6 Cumulus Vineyard Sine Qua Non California

2012 Next of Kyn Syrah No. 6 Cumulus Vineyard California

£5,387.00
£449.00
£897.00

2012 Next of Kyn 6 Cumulus Vineyard (3 btls, 1 mag) Sine Qua Non California

2012 Next of Kyn 6 Cumulus Vineyard (3 btls, 1 mag) California

£4,822.00
£2,025.00

2012 The Writing On The Wall Petite Syrah Sine Qua Non California

2012 The Writing On The Wall Petite Syrah California

£24,934.00
£4,163.00

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

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

£3,950.00
£1,974.00

2011 Patine Grenache Sine Qua Non California

97.0

2011 Patine Grenache California

97.0
£3,819.00
£319.00

2011 Patine Syrah Sine Qua Non California

98.0

2011 Patine Syrah California

98.0
£4,107.00
£342.00
Duty Paid £342.00

2011 Next of Kyn Syrah No. 5 Cumulus Vineyard Sine Qua Non California

97.0

2011 Next of Kyn Syrah No. 5 Cumulus Vineyard California

97.0
£4,447.00
£370.00

2011 Patine (Grenache/Syrah) Sine Qua Non California

2011 Patine (Grenache/Syrah) California

£5,426.00
£1,809.00

2011 Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard (3 btls, 1 mag) Sine Qua Non California

2011 Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard (3 btls, 1 mag) California

£4,363.00
£1,091.00
£727.00

2010 Five Shooter Grenache Sine Qua Non California

98.0

2010 Five Shooter Grenache California

98.0
£3,229.00
£270.00
£272.00

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

£9,215.00
£4,608.00

2010 Stockholm Syndrome Grenache Sine Qua Non California

100.0

2010 Stockholm Syndrome Grenache California

100.0
£7,654.00
£638.00

2010 Stockholm Syndrome Syrah Sine Qua Non California

100.0

2010 Stockholm Syndrome Syrah California

100.0
£15,822.00
£2,637.00

2010 Next of Kyn 4 Cumulus Vineyard (3 btls, 1 mag) Sine Qua Non California

2010 Next of Kyn 4 Cumulus Vineyard (3 btls, 1 mag) California

£5,484.00
£2,304.00

2009 Upside Down Grenache Sine Qua Non California

95.0

2009 Upside Down Grenache California

95.0
£2,634.00
£221.00
Duty Paid £221.00

2009 On The Lam Sine Qua Non California

2009 On The Lam California

£2,490.00
£209.00

2009 Packin Rosy Sine Qua Non California

2009 Packin Rosy California

£4,519.00
£376.00

2009 This Is Not An Exit (1 Syrah/1 Grenache) Sine Qua Non California

2009 This Is Not An Exit (1 Syrah/1 Grenache) California

£4,695.00
£391.00

2009 The Thrill Of Stamp Collecting Syrah Sine Qua Non California

95.0

2009 The Thrill Of Stamp Collecting Syrah California

95.0
£3,491.00
£292.00

2008 The Duel Grenache Sine Qua Non California

97.0

2008 The Duel Grenache California

97.0
£4,522.00
£377.00

2008 The Duel Syrah Sine Qua Non California

99.0

2008 The Duel Syrah California

99.0
£5,722.00
£477.00

2008 SQN The Duel Collection (Grenache, Syrah) Sine Qua Non California

2008 SQN The Duel Collection (Grenache, Syrah) California

£7,141.00
£2,380.00

2008 SQN Collection (The Line & B-20) Sine Qua Non California

2008 SQN Collection (The Line & B-20) California

£4,282.00
£1,427.00

2007 Syrah Dangerous Birds Sine Qua Non California

98.0

2007 Syrah Dangerous Birds California

98.0
£6,990.00
£582.00

2007 Syrah Labels Sine Qua Non California

98.0

2007 Syrah Labels California

98.0
£4,213.00
£263.00
£351.00
£253.00

2007 Grenache Pictures Sine Qua Non California

97.0

2007 Grenache Pictures California

97.0
£3,229.00
£270.00
£253.00

2007 Body and Soul Sine Qua Non California

2007 Body and Soul California

£1,938.00
£163.00

2007 SQN The Dangerous Birds (4 Syrah, 2 Grenache) Sine Qua Non California

2007 SQN The Dangerous Birds (4 Syrah, 2 Grenache) California

£8,280.00
£4,140.00

2007 SQN Collection (Syrah Labels, Grenache Pictures) Sine Qua Non California

2007 SQN Collection (Syrah Labels, Grenache Pictures) California

£4,557.00
£1,519.00

2007 Grenache Dangerous Birds Sine Qua Non California

97.0

2007 Grenache Dangerous Birds California

97.0
£5,998.00
£547.00

2006 Syrah Raven Series Sine Qua Non California

96.0

2006 Syrah Raven Series California

96.0
£3,150.00
£263.00
£253.00

2006 Grenache Raven Series Sine Qua Non California

96.5

2006 Grenache Raven Series California

96.5
£3,465.00
£289.00
£253.00

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

100.0

2006 A Shot In The Dark (Syrah) California

100.0
£9,338.00
£778.00

2006 In the Crosshairs (Grenache) Sine Qua Non California

100.0

2006 In the Crosshairs (Grenache) California

100.0
£9,338.00
£778.00
£1,557.00

2006 Mr K Collection (1xStrawman,2xNobleman) Sine Qua Non California

2006 Mr K Collection (1xStrawman,2xNobleman) California

£3,426.00
£430.00

2006 Rose Autrement Dit Sine Qua Non California

2006 Rose Autrement Dit California

£2,968.00
£248.00

2006 SQN Collection (Shot in the Dark S, Crosshairs G) Sine Qua Non California

2006 SQN Collection (Shot in the Dark S, Crosshairs G) California

£13,848.00
£4,616.00

2006 Mr. K The Straw Man Marsanne Sine Qua Non California

2006 Mr. K The Straw Man Marsanne California

£4,712.00
£203.00

2005 Atlantis Fe 203 2A (Grenache) Sine Qua Non California

97.0

2005 Atlantis Fe 203 2A (Grenache) California

97.0
£3,541.00
£296.00

2005 The 17th Nail In My Cranium (Syrah) Sine Qua Non California

100.0

2005 The 17th Nail In My Cranium (Syrah) California

100.0
£13,804.00
£1,150.00
£2,302.00

2005 The Naked Truth (Grenache) Sine Qua Non California

97.0

2005 The Naked Truth (Grenache) California

97.0
£7,258.00
£604.00

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

2005 Atlantis Fe 203 1B (Syrah) California

£5,926.00
£493.00

2005 Mr K Collection (1xStrawman,2xNobleman) Sine Qua Non California

2005 Mr K Collection (1xStrawman,2xNobleman) California

£3,426.00
£430.00

2005 SQN Collection (4x 17th Nail & 2 Naked Truth) Sine Qua Non California

2005 SQN Collection (4x 17th Nail & 2 Naked Truth) California

£11,896.00
£5,949.00

2005 Strapless Rose Sine Qua Non California

2005 Strapless Rose California

£18,785.00
£1,565.00

2005 Atlantis Fe 203 2B (Grenache) Sine Qua Non California

2005 Atlantis Fe 203 2B (Grenache) California

£2,689.00
£225.00

2005 Mr. K The Straw Man Marsanne Sine Qua Non California

2005 Mr. K The Straw Man Marsanne California

£8,752.00
£374.00

2004 Grenache Into The Dark Sine Qua Non California

99.0

2004 Grenache Into The Dark California

99.0
£5,581.00
£465.00

2004 Syrah The Poker Face Sine Qua Non California

97.0

2004 Syrah The Poker Face California

97.0
£7,344.00
£612.00

2004 The Rejuvenators Sine Qua Non California

96.0

2004 The Rejuvenators California

96.0
£3,998.00
£333.00

2004 Ode To E (Syrah) Sine Qua Non California

99.0

2004 Ode To E (Syrah) California

99.0
£6,754.00
£563.00

2004 Pinot Noir Covert Fingers Sine Qua Non California

94.0

2004 Pinot Noir Covert Fingers California

94.0
£5,320.00
£443.00

2004 SQN Collection (Poker Facex1, Into the Darkx1) Sine Qua Non California

2004 SQN Collection (Poker Facex1, Into the Darkx1) California

£15,076.00
£5,025.00

2004 Ode to E Assortment (Grenache & Syrah) Sine Qua Non California

2004 Ode to E Assortment (Grenache & Syrah) California

£11,990.00
£3,997.00

2004 Mr. K The Straw Man Marsanne Sine Qua Non California

2004 Mr. K The Straw Man Marsanne California

£5,925.00
£254.00
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