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2007 Sine Qua Non Dangerous Birds Estate Grenache (Pointed Gun Label)

ITEM 8667366 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased upon release

Bidder Amount Total
$510

RATINGS

99Robert M. Parker Jr.

...Absolutely magnificent, with incredible uplifted aromatics and great raspberry and black cherry fruit... ...full-bodied, with super purity and a huge, massive mouthfeel as well as stunning texture and length...

94Wine Spectator

A rich, graceful mix of dark berry, charcoal, subtle cedar and spice notes joins shades of dried berry. This is medium- to full-bodied and elegantly styled, ending with a pleasing lift.

94+ Vinous / IWC

High-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry pit, allspice and clove, with a slow-building smoky quality. Powerful but light on its feet, offering sweet red fruit flavors and notes of licorice and rose pastille.

17Jancis Robinson

Rich warm deep spicy dark fruit and some liquorice... Surprising finesse and not overly oaky. Fine fine-grained tannins robed in ripe, pure cassis fruit. Dry and dark and lots of finesse even with all that power.

PRODUCER

Sine Qua Non

Founded in 1994 by Manfred and Elaine Krankl in Ventura, on California's Central Coast, the winery is the epitome of an artisanal, cult winery. The husband-and-wife team makes mostly Rhone-style reds and whites in very limited quantities using such grapes as Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Roussanne, and Viognier. The couple pays meticulous attention to their winemaking and uses little or no fining or filtration. Robert M. Parker Jr. has called Sine Qua Non "one of the world's most creative wineries" and one that "is turning out world-class wines of extraordinary complexity and individuality. The Krankl husband-and-wife team remains wholly dedicated to the pursuit of perfection." Sine Qua Non is also unusual in that the Krankls like to give wild, sometimes outlandish names to their wines, and they often change wine names with each vintage. They have christened their wines with such names as "The Hussy" and "In Flagrante," and the labels generally are as distinctive as the wines.

REGION

United States, California, South Coast, Santa Barbara County, Santa Rita Hills

Santa Rita Hills AVA in northern Santa Barbara County was granted appellation status in 2001. Located between the towns of Lompoc and Buellton, it has a total area of 30,720 acres with 2,700 vineyard acres. The area is considered a cool climate for vineyards, so vineyards are most often planted with the cool-weather grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The hills in the western part of this appellation are directly exposed to the Pacific Ocean, meaning that maritime winds and fog make the western edge of the Santa Rita Hills AVA particularly cool. The Sanford & Benedict Vineyard planted in 1971 was the first vineyard in the district and is still considered one of the best.

TYPE

Red Wine, Grenache

One of the most popular red varieties planted, it ripens late and prefers hot dry climates. It probably originated in Spain, where it is still widely grown. Grenache is best known for its use in Southern Rhone wines, including those of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

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