Sine Qua Non

Dark Blossom Syrah

9.4148 ratings
9.137 pro ratings
California, USA
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Dr. Owen Bargreen

The 2011 ‘Dark Blossom’ by Sin Que Non is a stunning aged wine that is showing marvelously at nearly ten years of age. On the nose this translucent colored Grenache reveals bright red berry and citrus blossom aromas that combine marvelously with the underbrush and earthy undertones. On the palate this shows off its silky mouthfeel with red cherry candy, guava, and shades of nectarine rind with wild mushroom that give this an exotic edge. While this is marvelous now, it has a decade left in it. Drink 2019-2029- 94

The 2011 ‘Dark Blossom’ by Sin Que Non is a stunning aged wine that is showing marvelously at nearly ten years of age. On the nose this translucent colored Grenache reveals bright red berry and citrus blossom aromas that combine marvelously with the underbrush and earthy undertones. On the palate this shows off its silky mouthfeel with red cherry candy, guava, and shades of nectarine rind with wild mushroom that give this an exotic edge. While this is marvelous now, it has a decade left in it. Drink 2019-2029- 94

May 9th, 2019
Conrad Green

Very dark and syrupy. Intense plummy fruit. Broad, sweet, gloopy- like someone dropped cheap perfume in a pot of plum jelly...Way over the top.

Very dark and syrupy. Intense plummy fruit. Broad, sweet, gloopy- like someone dropped cheap perfume in a pot of plum jelly...Way over the top.

Jun 13th, 2018
Vin Zering

Dark fruit, oak is forward and expected. I am sure the oak disappears and black and blue fruit come forward nicely.

Dark fruit, oak is forward and expected. I am sure the oak disappears and black and blue fruit come forward nicely.

1 person found it helpfulDec 6th, 2014
Will Phelps

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.4

Great 2011, the year we got married, had this for our anniversary. Very fruit-forward but not hot or over the top.

Great 2011, the year we got married, had this for our anniversary. Very fruit-forward but not hot or over the top.

Jun 7th, 2017
Shay A
9.5

A group of guys decided to meet up at our Wine Storage facility and bust out some unique bottles! Scores and notes to follow!

Many thanks to Keith for busting this out. A few of us mentioned we haven't had an SQN wine before, so he graciously brought this out. Silky at pop and pour but better after two hours. Dark fruit. Bacon fat. Nothing harsh about it. Divine and absolutely lush. This was a great primer to get me ready for
@Shawn R 's SQN wine dinner this Sunday. My official Wine Nerd Herd interview! 🤞🏼

A group of guys decided to meet up at our Wine Storage facility and bust out some unique bottles! Scores and notes to follow!

Many thanks to Keith for busting this out. A few of us mentioned we haven't had an SQN wine before, so he graciously brought this out. Silky at pop and pour but better after two hours. Dark fruit. Bacon fat. Nothing harsh about it. Divine and absolutely lush. This was a great primer to get me ready for
@Shawn R 's SQN wine dinner this Sunday. My official Wine Nerd Herd interview! 🤞🏼

May 27th, 2017
Bill Bender

Showing slight heat at first but it blew off rapidly evolving in to the tell tale SQN density and punch that draws you to the edge but doesn't push too far. Ripe dark fruit, pepper, charred wood. Beautifully textured and inviting mouthfeel.

Showing slight heat at first but it blew off rapidly evolving in to the tell tale SQN density and punch that draws you to the edge but doesn't push too far. Ripe dark fruit, pepper, charred wood. Beautifully textured and inviting mouthfeel.

Nov 17th, 2016
Christanna Honer

First time with this wine--aptly named. This is dark, wound up and maniacally brooding upon opening. A little air time and it started to come to life- smoked berry, burnt chocolate. This is huge, intense and persistent, but not "burning". Really enjoyed this--thanks @Bill Bender !

First time with this wine--aptly named. This is dark, wound up and maniacally brooding upon opening. A little air time and it started to come to life- smoked berry, burnt chocolate. This is huge, intense and persistent, but not "burning". Really enjoyed this--thanks @Bill Bender !

Nov 17th, 2016
Todd Alexander

So many layers and a silky texture...dark, rich, but retains a lot of finesse.

So many layers and a silky texture...dark, rich, but retains a lot of finesse.

Nov 6th, 2016
Greg Gregory

My favorite SQN of the night.

My favorite SQN of the night.

Jul 25th, 2016
Bill Bender

Shared some Dark Blossom with a pretty flower on a Sunday fun day after drink and view hopping in harbor side SD.... not giving up much on the nose, true to its name this was so dark and brooding in the glass--concentrated, texturally sexy sweet black cherry, smoke and kirsch. Very primary and likely better in 2-3 years but drinking really well now. Suggest a minimum 2 hour decant.

Shared some Dark Blossom with a pretty flower on a Sunday fun day after drink and view hopping in harbor side SD.... not giving up much on the nose, true to its name this was so dark and brooding in the glass--concentrated, texturally sexy sweet black cherry, smoke and kirsch. Very primary and likely better in 2-3 years but drinking really well now. Suggest a minimum 2 hour decant.

May 23rd, 2016