Sine Qua Non

Raven Series No. 5 Syrah

9.559 ratings
9.419 pro ratings
Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, USA
Syrah
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.9

This run of about 13 PHENOMENAL wines I'm posting are from the SQN wine dinner/WNH interview I did at @Shawn R 's house last night. I was like a kid in a candy store on Christmas. What an absolutely EPIC night! Love ya brother!

The ultimate punisher and finisher. Nutmeg, smoked jerky and tobacco on the nose. An incredible front, mid and back palate texture that revealed cassis, black currant, bacon fat and toasted blueberries. WOTN and possibly WOTY. This was a journey and an experience and may very well be one of the best wines I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Shawn, you are the freaking man, and most definitely a brother from another mother! Hopefully I passed my interview to be a part of the WNH! 🤞🏼 Full report back to
@Bill Bender

This run of about 13 PHENOMENAL wines I'm posting are from the SQN wine dinner/WNH interview I did at @Shawn R 's house last night. I was like a kid in a candy store on Christmas. What an absolutely EPIC night! Love ya brother!

The ultimate punisher and finisher. Nutmeg, smoked jerky and tobacco on the nose. An incredible front, mid and back palate texture that revealed cassis, black currant, bacon fat and toasted blueberries. WOTN and possibly WOTY. This was a journey and an experience and may very well be one of the best wines I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Shawn, you are the freaking man, and most definitely a brother from another mother! Hopefully I passed my interview to be a part of the WNH! 🤞🏼 Full report back to
@Bill Bender

May 30th, 2017
Greg Koslosky

All about alcohol thought it was Grenache since it was so ripe . I don't get it. I guess great marketing here.

All about alcohol thought it was Grenache since it was so ripe . I don't get it. I guess great marketing here.

Aug 15th, 2015
Liz Hale

2006- Bombastic, orgiastic, click click bOoM!

2006- Bombastic, orgiastic, click click bOoM!

May 14th, 2015
Todd Alexander

2006 Grenache

2006 Grenache

Apr 5th, 2015
Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe

Black fruit, full of dark spice. Powerful with a long gripping finish.

Black fruit, full of dark spice. Powerful with a long gripping finish.

Sep 21st, 2014
Matt Gundlach

Nice earth upfront nice precise fruit after, not overbearing perfectly balanced

Nice earth upfront nice precise fruit after, not overbearing perfectly balanced

Sep 20th, 2014
Jens Hoogstad

98/100

98/100

Jul 14th, 2014
Richard Brierley

Head of Fine Wines Vanquish London

8.7

Liberal wine tasting

Liberal wine tasting

Mar 8th, 2013
Marie Stitt

Sales & Marketing Grassroots Wine Wholesalers

With @James Alford and @Gerich Fellermann

With @James Alford and @Gerich Fellermann

May 14th, 2015
Roman Sukley

2006 Sine Qua Non "The Raven" Series No. 5
I decided to cut my SQN French class today with all the new French named SQN labels and go slightly old school with the Raven. But instead, I found myself still mired squarely in the Northern Rhône Valley. Perhaps Manfred should have named this one “Corbeau” or “Noir Comme du Charbon” because this one has me thinking Guigal La La. As these older SQN’s age, they seem to take on more Northern Rhône characteristics. A blend of 93% Syrah, 5% Grenache, and 2% Viognier primarily from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard with small quantities from the Bien Nacido and White Hawk vineyards. Bottled after spending 22 months in oak casks. Potpourri of sweet black and blue fruits, forest floor, Asian spice, bacon fat, tar, black olives and spring flowers on the almost overwhelmingly sumptuous nose. Mind-blowing really.
On the palate, blackberry jam, cracked white pepper, cherries, cinnamon, tobacco and allspice. Opulent mouthfeel. Ethereal texture. Dense, seamless, elegant. Complex, bold, rich and layered. So much finesse. “Tres Bon”Mr. Krankl!




2006 Sine Qua Non "The Raven" Series No. 5
I decided to cut my SQN French class today with all the new French named SQN labels and go slightly old school with the Raven. But instead, I found myself still mired squarely in the Northern Rhône Valley. Perhaps Manfred should have named this one “Corbeau” or “Noir Comme du Charbon” because this one has me thinking Guigal La La. As these older SQN’s age, they seem to take on more Northern Rhône characteristics. A blend of 93% Syrah, 5% Grenache, and 2% Viognier primarily from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard with small quantities from the Bien Nacido and White Hawk vineyards. Bottled after spending 22 months in oak casks. Potpourri of sweet black and blue fruits, forest floor, Asian spice, bacon fat, tar, black olives and spring flowers on the almost overwhelmingly sumptuous nose. Mind-blowing really.
On the palate, blackberry jam, cracked white pepper, cherries, cinnamon, tobacco and allspice. Opulent mouthfeel. Ethereal texture. Dense, seamless, elegant. Complex, bold, rich and layered. So much finesse. “Tres Bon”Mr. Krankl!




May 12th, 2018