Sine Qua Non

Five Shooter Grenache

9.599 ratings
9.428 pro ratings
Central Coast, California, USA
Grenache
Chocolate & Caramel, Herbs, Soft Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Turkey, Pasta, Mushrooms, Veal, Tomato-Based, Chicken, Exotic Spices, Potato, White Rice, Duck, Nuts & Seeds, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Asian Cuisine, Salads & Greens, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, Quinoa
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.6

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

I must be doing something right to have had this wine twice in about 5 months. This was on the table with an ‘09 SQN “Upside Down” Grenache and I think this showed a bit more depth in comparison. Notes are very similar. Peppercorn, spiced rhubarb tart, cedar and an iron note on the finish. The flavors here show lots of spicy red fruit and the black fruit notes are underripe. A smokey characteristic. Fantastic as always,
@Keith Fisher

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

I must be doing something right to have had this wine twice in about 5 months. This was on the table with an ‘09 SQN “Upside Down” Grenache and I think this showed a bit more depth in comparison. Notes are very similar. Peppercorn, spiced rhubarb tart, cedar and an iron note on the finish. The flavors here show lots of spicy red fruit and the black fruit notes are underripe. A smokey characteristic. Fantastic as always,
@Keith Fisher

Oct 27th, 2018
Shay A
9.5

Another 4th Friday for the books. What a much needed time out of the house and to be with friends after this past week.

It’s SQN, so descriptions normally fall short. I am partial to US Syrah vs US Grenache, BUT, I am fascinated by SQN’s play on Grenache. You could smell the black peppercorn here, imitating a top shelf CdP. It faded to a more iron/jerky like note that had a very solid amount of acidity in play. Still a baby. After time in the glass it gave way to some floral/lavender notes as well as a crazy complex finish that added baking spice and dark fruit.

Another 4th Friday for the books. What a much needed time out of the house and to be with friends after this past week.

It’s SQN, so descriptions normally fall short. I am partial to US Syrah vs US Grenache, BUT, I am fascinated by SQN’s play on Grenache. You could smell the black peppercorn here, imitating a top shelf CdP. It faded to a more iron/jerky like note that had a very solid amount of acidity in play. Still a baby. After time in the glass it gave way to some floral/lavender notes as well as a crazy complex finish that added baking spice and dark fruit.

Jun 23rd, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.5

Quick sip from Russell Bevan. Stunning.

Quick sip from Russell Bevan. Stunning.

May 12th, 2018
Eric Hwang

What can I say. It is what it is. Fabulous!

What can I say. It is what it is. Fabulous!

Oct 25th, 2015
Erik McLaughlin

Vice President Seven Hills Winery

9.2

2010 vintage

2010 vintage

Aug 29th, 2015
Kyle Schlachter

Writer Colorado Wine Press

9.0

Slutty. Hot, fruit smoothie, liqueur, blueberry pie, massive aromatics, massive wine.

Slutty. Hot, fruit smoothie, liqueur, blueberry pie, massive aromatics, massive wine.

Apr 3rd, 2015
Ki Punwar

Owner, California Wine Republic

9.5

Great label great SQN

Great label great SQN

Mar 17th, 2015
Nathan Adams

Consulting Wine/Beverage Director, Snake River Brewing, Persephone, King Sudachi

9.4

Well deserved after a long week.

Well deserved after a long week.

Oct 18th, 2014
Ryan Tedder

2010 sqn stinker drinking like a slutty champ. Slurp slurp

2010 sqn stinker drinking like a slutty champ. Slurp slurp

Sep 19th, 2014
Tracy Hall

2010. Very smooth

2010. Very smooth

Aug 16th, 2014