Sine Qua Non

Dirt Vernacular Grenache Blend

9.87 ratings
-no pro ratings
California, USA
Grenache, Mourvedre, Touriga Nacional, Petite Sirah
Tomato-Based, Lamb, Potato, White Rice, Pungent Cheese, Pasta, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Beef, Chili & Hot Spicy, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Pork, Venison, Chocolate & Caramel, Herbs, Soft Cheese, Turkey, Veal, Chicken, Exotic Spices, Duck, Nuts & Seeds, Asian Cuisine, Salads & Greens, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, Quinoa
Top Notes For
Roman Sukley

2016 Sine Qua Non "Dirt Vernacular" California Grenache. The blend is 78% Grenache, 11.5% Mourvedre, 7% Touriga Nacional and 3.5% Petite Sirah, dominated by estate fruit, but some 9% came from the Krankl's blocks at Bien Nacido Vineyard that are farmed to their specifications. 16% alcohol. So for me, it all started with “Incognito.” Greatest Grenache I’d ever tasted. Simply stunning and still one of my favorites. How do you top that one? Well then “The Inaugural” showed up. Phenomenal!Then it’s “Ode To E.” Y’all know I absolutely LOVE that wine! Oh but wait, here comes “Trouver L'Arène.” Exquisite! And just in case you missed them all, now there’s tonight’s selection. And I’m pleased to report that the streak continues. As I’ve mentioned previously several times, Grenache is quite possibly the most difficult and finicky grape. But what really sets SQN apart is the final blend. Simply stated, Manfred is a genius when it comes to blending. If you have one, feel free to pull the cork as this wine is absolutely open for business. About a 3 hour decant at cellar temperature, the nose is, as usual with SQN, mind blowing. Cherries, plums, pepper, teriyaki, kirsch and a bouquet of roses. Full-bodied, ultra-rich, multi-layered palate-staining ripe black fruit smorgasbord. Tremendous depth and purity. What a finish! The parade of excellence marches on!

2016 Sine Qua Non "Dirt Vernacular" California Grenache. The blend is 78% Grenache, 11.5% Mourvedre, 7% Touriga Nacional and 3.5% Petite Sirah, dominated by estate fruit, but some 9% came from the Krankl's blocks at Bien Nacido Vineyard that are farmed to their specifications. 16% alcohol. So for me, it all started with “Incognito.” Greatest Grenache I’d ever tasted. Simply stunning and still one of my favorites. How do you top that one? Well then “The Inaugural” showed up. Phenomenal!Then it’s “Ode To E.” Y’all know I absolutely LOVE that wine! Oh but wait, here comes “Trouver L'Arène.” Exquisite! And just in case you missed them all, now there’s tonight’s selection. And I’m pleased to report that the streak continues. As I’ve mentioned previously several times, Grenache is quite possibly the most difficult and finicky grape. But what really sets SQN apart is the final blend. Simply stated, Manfred is a genius when it comes to blending. If you have one, feel free to pull the cork as this wine is absolutely open for business. About a 3 hour decant at cellar temperature, the nose is, as usual with SQN, mind blowing. Cherries, plums, pepper, teriyaki, kirsch and a bouquet of roses. Full-bodied, ultra-rich, multi-layered palate-staining ripe black fruit smorgasbord. Tremendous depth and purity. What a finish! The parade of excellence marches on!

1 person found it helpfulApr 13th, 2019
Bill Bender

Very cool contribution from a local Hawkeye but I straight up couldn’t taste it. Palate fatigue x baby killing = no rating

Very cool contribution from a local Hawkeye but I straight up couldn’t taste it. Palate fatigue x baby killing = no rating

May 19th, 2019
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Post steak & Bordeaux wine, so good if you’re into this juice. Only 16% Abv🤷🏼‍♂️
Fantastic bottle, I agree with everything
@Roman Sukley had to say so I won’t repeat it.

Post steak & Bordeaux wine, so good if you’re into this juice. Only 16% Abv🤷🏼‍♂️
Fantastic bottle, I agree with everything
@Roman Sukley had to say so I won’t repeat it.

Jul 18th, 2020
Joseph Barsky

2016 Vintage. 16% Alcohol. No lighter style Grenache here. Can’t say more than @Roman Sukley other than first from our allocation and singing at this early age. Much more open than the 2016 SQN Rafael Syrah. This brought the fireworks! Happy July 4th 2020 all!

2016 Vintage. 16% Alcohol. No lighter style Grenache here. Can’t say more than @Roman Sukley other than first from our allocation and singing at this early age. Much more open than the 2016 SQN Rafael Syrah. This brought the fireworks! Happy July 4th 2020 all!

Jul 5th, 2020
Jim McCusker

Absolutely brilliant. Happy New Year everyone!

Absolutely brilliant. Happy New Year everyone!

Jan 1st, 2020
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Knee doc & back doc today, so I’m rewarding myself, great nose on P&P great in a few years
I can see Jebs 💯 Rating

Knee doc & back doc today, so I’m rewarding myself, great nose on P&P great in a few years
I can see Jebs 💯 Rating

Apr 17th, 2019
Mike D
9.6

Mike had this a year ago

Mike had this a year ago

Oct 21st, 2019
Vinni Capra

Vinni had this a year ago

Vinni had this a year ago

Apr 15th, 2019