Sine Qua Non

Turn the Whole Thing Upside Down Grenache

9.486 ratings
9.317 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

As if Part 1 of Saturday night wasn’t incredible enough, Part 2 of the final and main event for the Fall WNH was all Sine Qua Non wines. The most spectacular lineup of wines I’ve ever seen, and an overall wonderful ending to an amazing trip with fantastic people.

This was my contribution. I had this same wine about two weeks ago and thought this bottle was a hair better...main difference was serving temp (this was served just above cellar temp). I always prefer Syrah over Grenache, and that’s no different with SQN wines, but Manfred’s take on Grenache is spell binding to me. Pepperd strip, teriyaki, and spicy red fruit on the nose. Incredibly aromatic (as expected). 9yrs of age have taken this from brooding to densely, but elegant packed on the palate. Black pepper covered rhubarb pie and black cherry notes dominate the mid palate with a muddled cherry finish.

As if Part 1 of Saturday night wasn’t incredible enough, Part 2 of the final and main event for the Fall WNH was all Sine Qua Non wines. The most spectacular lineup of wines I’ve ever seen, and an overall wonderful ending to an amazing trip with fantastic people.

This was my contribution. I had this same wine about two weeks ago and thought this bottle was a hair better...main difference was serving temp (this was served just above cellar temp). I always prefer Syrah over Grenache, and that’s no different with SQN wines, but Manfred’s take on Grenache is spell binding to me. Pepperd strip, teriyaki, and spicy red fruit on the nose. Incredibly aromatic (as expected). 9yrs of age have taken this from brooding to densely, but elegant packed on the palate. Black pepper covered rhubarb pie and black cherry notes dominate the mid palate with a muddled cherry finish.

Nov 13th, 2018
Brian Tuite

Too sweet for me.

Too sweet for me.

Jan 5th, 2015
Steven Foster

Wine buyer Belmont Wine Exchange

9.6

What can I say, I love Sqn and heir Grenache and syrahs. Tasted alongside five shooter and dark blossom. Woo.

What can I say, I love Sqn and heir Grenache and syrahs. Tasted alongside five shooter and dark blossom. Woo.

Dec 7th, 2014
Steven Foster

Wine buyer Belmont Wine Exchange

10

Best young Grenache from sine qua non. So fruity and deep. Needs some time in glass but ready now.

Best young Grenache from sine qua non. So fruity and deep. Needs some time in glass but ready now.

May 25th, 2014
Grant Everett

Great wine for 10th anniversary

Great wine for 10th anniversary

Aug 19th, 2019
Joseph Barsky

2009 Vintage. Raspberry juice bomb.

2009 Vintage. Raspberry juice bomb.

Nov 19th, 2018
Mark Flesher

This wine is big. But, admittedly the Syrahs from this year seem to outdo the Grenaches by a hair or two. This wine has a slight hint of truffle on the nose, but is more red fruit dominated. Extracted. Smooth entry, very rounded edges. Some herbal notes on the middle. Smooth finish. Just enough acidity. This wine deserves a table of its own, but was enjoyed alongside about 14 other bottles today.

This wine is big. But, admittedly the Syrahs from this year seem to outdo the Grenaches by a hair or two. This wine has a slight hint of truffle on the nose, but is more red fruit dominated. Extracted. Smooth entry, very rounded edges. Some herbal notes on the middle. Smooth finish. Just enough acidity. This wine deserves a table of its own, but was enjoyed alongside about 14 other bottles today.

Oct 27th, 2018
John B
9.6

Nearly black in color. Aromatics are profound upon pulling the cork. Tannins are fully resolved, but balanced acid remains. Manfred’s Grenache expression is so sexy. Dark fruit, herbs, hints of tar, earth. Do I detect horny violets? PnP ready.

Nearly black in color. Aromatics are profound upon pulling the cork. Tannins are fully resolved, but balanced acid remains. Manfred’s Grenache expression is so sexy. Dark fruit, herbs, hints of tar, earth. Do I detect horny violets? PnP ready.

Sep 12th, 2018
Joseph Barsky

Start of 60th BD celebrations.

Start of 60th BD celebrations.

Feb 7th, 2018
Jim McCusker

An excellent grenache from The Master, this grenache doesn’t quite have the power of some of Manfred’s other grenaches (e.g., the long barrel-aged versions), but it’s still terrific. Fairly restrained and elegant nose of dried blueberries, violet, and maybe a hint of kirsch. The palate was seamless with flavors that evolved as the wine sat in the glass. It definitely benefitted from a few degree drop in temperature - brought out the acidity a bit more and provided a bit more backbone to the wine. The finish lingered, but thinned out just a bit (which is why I rated it (relatively) low for a SQN). Still better than 99.9% of the grenache wines produced anywhere in the world. Merry Christmas!!! (With more time in the glass, this wine really began to fatten out across the palate. Should have known better!)

An excellent grenache from The Master, this grenache doesn’t quite have the power of some of Manfred’s other grenaches (e.g., the long barrel-aged versions), but it’s still terrific. Fairly restrained and elegant nose of dried blueberries, violet, and maybe a hint of kirsch. The palate was seamless with flavors that evolved as the wine sat in the glass. It definitely benefitted from a few degree drop in temperature - brought out the acidity a bit more and provided a bit more backbone to the wine. The finish lingered, but thinned out just a bit (which is why I rated it (relatively) low for a SQN). Still better than 99.9% of the grenache wines produced anywhere in the world. Merry Christmas!!! (With more time in the glass, this wine really began to fatten out across the palate. Should have known better!)

Dec 26th, 2017