Sine Qua Non

Ratsel 16 Syrah

9.610 ratings
9.11 pro ratings
California, USA
Syrah
Top Notes For
Seth Morgen Long

Broker • Arterberry Maresh / Winemaker • Morgen Long

9.1

I enjoyed this. It felt surprisingly balanced, fresh and welcoming.

I enjoyed this. It felt surprisingly balanced, fresh and welcoming.

Apr 27th, 2019
Jim McCusker

SQN syrah: need I say more? This is Manfred’s “short” barrel-aged wine. Surprisingly approachable, but got so much better over the next couple of days. If you’re looking to enjoy this now, be sure to decant it for 3-4 hours in advance in order to really let it sing. Will be VASTLY better in a few years...

SQN syrah: need I say more? This is Manfred’s “short” barrel-aged wine. Surprisingly approachable, but got so much better over the next couple of days. If you’re looking to enjoy this now, be sure to decant it for 3-4 hours in advance in order to really let it sing. Will be VASTLY better in a few years...

Feb 10th, 2021
Joseph Barsky

2016 Vintage. Broke my prior recommendation to hold longer and this bottle was doing much better.

2016 Vintage. Broke my prior recommendation to hold longer and this bottle was doing much better.

Nov 1st, 2020
Joseph Barsky

2016 Vintage. 16.1% Alcohol. PNP mistake as @Roman Sukley said it needed 36 hours in a decanter. Monster wine that was brooding and unwilling to open up and then poof was gone. Also our first bottle opened from our allocation and will try to wait a few years before trying again. Upstaged at this point by the 2016 SQN Dirt Vernacular Grenache blend that is raring to go.

2016 Vintage. 16.1% Alcohol. PNP mistake as @Roman Sukley said it needed 36 hours in a decanter. Monster wine that was brooding and unwilling to open up and then poof was gone. Also our first bottle opened from our allocation and will try to wait a few years before trying again. Upstaged at this point by the 2016 SQN Dirt Vernacular Grenache blend that is raring to go.

Jul 5th, 2020
Alvaro Bustillos

Alex leal
Bernardo Pozas
Keni morales
@mercurio

Alex leal
Bernardo Pozas
Keni morales
@mercurio

Dec 5th, 2019
Adam Gäfvert

Första känslan var amerikansk Syrah. Påminde mycket om Andremily. Vilken inte visade sig vara konstigt. Superextraherad och fullpackad med smak. Mogna plommon, vinbär, eukalyptus, alkohol, tanin, kanel. Sjukt nog väldigt frisk och tillgänglig. Amerikanskt hedonistisk som jag får ge vika för. Sjukt god.

Första känslan var amerikansk Syrah. Påminde mycket om Andremily. Vilken inte visade sig vara konstigt. Superextraherad och fullpackad med smak. Mogna plommon, vinbär, eukalyptus, alkohol, tanin, kanel. Sjukt nog väldigt frisk och tillgänglig. Amerikanskt hedonistisk som jag får ge vika för. Sjukt god.

Oct 26th, 2019
Grant Everett

Vibrant and beautiful

Vibrant and beautiful

Oct 7th, 2019
Roman Sukley

2016 Sine Qua Non "Rätsel 16" Syrah, originally “Cypher 16,” renamed because of potential legal problems with the rock band? Not sure of the backstory on that one, but it’s pretty clear that Rätsel (enigma, mystery, puzzle, riddle) is simply the German word for Cypher (a secret or disguised way of writing; a code). The wine however, not the band, is a monster. Gargantuan really. Typical SQN nose, and black as a moon-free, starless night sky in the stem. Tonight’s photo should not to be confused with Katie Bouman’s Black Hole masterpiece, although no light can escape from either. Very tight upon opening, singing an aria 36 hours later. SUPER concentrated with unlimited upside potential. More detailed tasting note to come. Yet another stunner!

2016 Sine Qua Non "Rätsel 16" Syrah, originally “Cypher 16,” renamed because of potential legal problems with the rock band? Not sure of the backstory on that one, but it’s pretty clear that Rätsel (enigma, mystery, puzzle, riddle) is simply the German word for Cypher (a secret or disguised way of writing; a code). The wine however, not the band, is a monster. Gargantuan really. Typical SQN nose, and black as a moon-free, starless night sky in the stem. Tonight’s photo should not to be confused with Katie Bouman’s Black Hole masterpiece, although no light can escape from either. Very tight upon opening, singing an aria 36 hours later. SUPER concentrated with unlimited upside potential. More detailed tasting note to come. Yet another stunner!

Apr 14th, 2019
John Van Trijp

John had this a year ago

John had this a year ago

Jan 30th, 2020
Grant Everett

Grant had this a year ago

Grant had this a year ago

Jan 18th, 2020