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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.

2005 Sine Qua Non 17th Nail in my Cranium Syrah

RP  100   
WS  98   
VN  97   

2019 Sine Qua Non Distenta I Grenache

WA  98   
JD  98-100   
VN  96-98   
5 available
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2019 Sine Qua Non Distenta I Syrah

WA  100   
JD  98-100   
VN  95-97   
2 available
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2002 Sine Qua Non E Rose

375ml

Signs of past seepage

2002 Sine Qua Non E Rose

375ml

2002 Sine Qua Non E Rose

375ml

Frosted bottle

2010 Sine Qua Non Five Shooter Syrah

Light label condition issue

WA  98+    
VN  94   

2002 Sine Qua Non Heart Chorea

1-bottle Lot, Wood Case, 1.5ltr

RP  99   
ST  96+    

2002 Sine Qua Non Just For The Love Of It Syrah

1-bottle Lot, Wood Case, 3.0ltr

RP  100   
ST  94+    

2010 Sine Qua Non Stockholm Syndrome Eleven Confessions Vineyard Grenache

WA  100   
2 available
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2010 Sine Qua Non Stockholm Syndrome Eleven Confessions Vineyard Syrah

WA  100   
VN  97   

2018 Sine Qua Non Ziehharmonika Syrah

WA  98-100   
JD  96-99   

2014 The Third Twin Graciano

WA  97+    
JD  97   

2015 The Third Twin Graciano

Light label condition issue

WA  97+    
JD  96   

2016 The Third Twin Nuestra Senora del Tercer Gemelo

WA  99+    
VN  95   

2017 The Third Twin Nuestra Senora del Tercer Gemelo

WA  98+    
VN  94-96