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Sine Qua Non

Quite possibly the most unique, esoteric and controversial wine producer not just in America but the world over, Sine Qua Non is the product of the dedication and devotion of it's creator, Manfred Krankl.  Commencing with a Syrah in 1994, every single wine is given a unique name, label, and more often than not, different vineyard sources and varietal compositions each year.  Krankl declares this is because each vintage is different from all others, hence no wine is the same.  For what it's worth, he also creates their striking label designs too.

There are generally four reds produced each year (two Syrah based, two Grenache based) and a couple of whites that tend to be varying blends of Chardonnay, Roussanne and Marsanne.  Sweet wines are also produced from time to time.  Over the years the vineyard sources have moved further south, originally from vineyards like Alban, Stolpman and Bien Nacido to the estate-grown Cumulus and 11 Confessions vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills.

No-one would deny that Sine Qua Non's wines are virtually uniformly impressive, and often extraordinary.  They are certainly large-scaled wines, but invariably have a sense of refinement or elegance that is uncommon amongst blockbuster styles.  And, it must be said, they are rare, highly sought-after the world over, and not inexpensive.  Yet they are amongst the most memorable wines produced anywhere in the world today.

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