Central Coast Syrah

Sine Qua Non

Trouver l'Arène Syrah 2015

Shay A
9.7

As if Part 1 of Saturday night wasn’t incredible enough, Part 2 of the final and main event for the Fall WNH was all Sine Qua Non wines. The most spectacular lineup of wines I’ve ever seen, and an overall wonderful ending to an amazing trip with fantastic people.

I couldn’t count how many people kept picking up their glass to smell this over and over. For me, this was nose of the night (maybe the weekend?). Blueberry pie, nutmeg, cinnamon and milk chocolate shavings on the nose. The palate is massive and young...needed hours to come around. Powerful core of pipe tobacco, tar, smoked meat, and grilled dark fruit. This will likely hit perfection (for my style) in a few years and am glad to own one. Thank you for bringing,
@Carl Fischer .
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Ya this was good

Denner Vineyards

The Dirt Worshipper Central Coast Syrah Viognier 2016

Alex Lallos
9.2

Wowzers this is wonderful on day 2. So many herbs to compliment the array of dark fruit. Complex, appealing and powerful at the same time. Thanks @Lee Lightfoot — a day ago

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Sine Qua Non

Turn the Whole Thing Upside Down Grenache 2009

Shay A
9.6

As if Part 1 of Saturday night wasn’t incredible enough, Part 2 of the final and main event for the Fall WNH was all Sine Qua Non wines. The most spectacular lineup of wines I’ve ever seen, and an overall wonderful ending to an amazing trip with fantastic people.

This was my contribution. I had this same wine about two weeks ago and thought this bottle was a hair better...main difference was serving temp (this was served just above cellar temp). I always prefer Syrah over Grenache, and that’s no different with SQN wines, but Manfred’s take on Grenache is spell binding to me. Pepperd strip, teriyaki, and spicy red fruit on the nose. Incredibly aromatic (as expected). 9yrs of age have taken this from brooding to densely, but elegant packed on the palate. Black pepper covered rhubarb pie and black cherry notes dominate the mid palate with a muddled cherry finish.
— 7 hours ago

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@Shay A - this baby was on the mark - spices were incredible on the nose and taste on the palette was intoxicating
9.5

Sine Qua Non

Five Shooter Syrah 2010

Shay A
9.8

As if Part 1 of Saturday night wasn’t incredible enough, Part 2 of the final and main event for the Fall WNH was all Sine Qua Non wines. The most spectacular lineup of wines I’ve ever seen, and an overall wonderful ending to an amazing trip with fantastic people.

I had the Five Shooter Grenache about two weeks ago and gave it a 9.6...this is even better! More floral and potpourri like on the nose than I was expecting. Very little bacon fat. As expected, rich and dense on the palate without being out of whack. Fresh squeezed blackberries, mocha dipped black cherries, peppercorn and a savory herbal finish. A spectacular wine...one of the best SQNs I’ve had. Bravo,
@Eric LaMasters !
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Law Estate Wines

Intrepid by Law 2015

Shay A
9.3

Law Estates tasting tonight. My first time trying the wines. Wonderful Paso fruit with very unique and impressive winemaking.

This is Law’s take on Cote Rotie. Syrah, with a dash of Viognier and one other varietal blended in. Won’t be released until March, so you can imagine how young this is (even after a 24hr decant). It’s got a touch of meat and potpourri to the nose. The palate is large and extracted...charcoal, graphite, underripe blackberry and fig. This will be spectacular in 5-7yrs.
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Big Table Farm

White Hawk Vineyard Syrah 2008

Shay A
9.2

Another 4th Friday for the books, and one of the best of the year!

I love this vineyard. Tomato paste; raspberry and herbal spices; has an older nose but a very young palate...spicy red fruit finish. A marriage of Napa fruit bomb Syrah and WA state funky Syrah. This hid the ABV well. I think I prefer Lillian and Herman Story’s version of this vineyard a touch more.
— 17 days ago

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Sine Qua Non

Atlantis Fe2O3-1a Syrah 2005

Shay A
9.6

As if Part 1 of Saturday night wasn’t incredible enough, Part 2 of the final and main event for the Fall WNH was all Sine Qua Non wines. The most spectacular lineup of wines I’ve ever seen, and an overall wonderful ending to an amazing trip with fantastic people.

One of the oldest SQNs I’ve ever had, and as expected, it was still incredibly young and vibrant. The power that Manfred’s Syrah have has mellowed, but the flavor profile is still very much impressive with baked red and black fruit pies, sweet cherry, and savory spice. This got darker towards the finish with a roasted plum note. Simply incredible. Awesome bottle,
@Joe Lucca .
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This was off the hook - thanks @Joe Lucca
9.6

Alban Vineyards

Patrina Alban Estate Syrah 2014

This is really good. Almost black with rich purple highlights. Limited fragrance out of the bottle but only 30 minutes in the decanter opens this right up and its delicious. Nose is dark fruit, earth, mushroom and vanilla. On the palate cassis, vanilla, spices, floral notes and an almost creamy finish with some dry tannins but also lasting sweetness and evolving fruit flavours, there’s even some delicate mint tea in there as well. Highly recommended. — 3 days ago

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Steven Arthur Martell

Kaleidos Praying Mantis Syrah 2016

In the immortal words of Carlos Santana...

Oye como va
Mi ritmo
Bueno pa' gozar
Mulata...
— 6 days ago

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What’s the story here friend???? Never heard of it. Strong praise!

Melville

Estate Sta. Rita Hills Syrah 2014

Medium ruby violet color. Quite aromatic and complex on the nose offering blueberry, lavender, licorice, black olive, black pepper, smoke, and vanilla bean. Medium body despite the 15% alcohol, it offers some nice dark fruit notes before black olive on the finish. Made with 40% whole clusters. — 3 days ago