Benchmark Wines By
Sine Qua Non


Tasting Notes

WS97

Offers an amazing purity of dark berry fruit, stylish and multifaceted, gushing with tiers of blackberry, wild berry and huckleberry, joined by spicy, grapey floral scents, with mineral, anise and fresh earth delivered on a beam. Yet for all its…

WA97

2005 The Naked Truth: Manfred Krankl’s obvious love for his wife Elaine seems very apparent with the 2003, followed by the 2004 Ode to E, and here again, a sketch of his wife unclothed (sorry, back view only) appears on the label of the 2005. (I only know it’s his wife because I asked him!) A blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah (any Mourvedre added to the Grenache is now a thing of the past), this wine, made totally from the 11 Confessions Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, is young, yet like all the SQN wines, approachable in its glorious display of fruit, purity and freshness. Dense purple, and offering up notes of cranberries, pepper, boysenberries, raspberries and cherries, a cornucopia of red and black fruits emerge from the aromatics, gently dosed with some spicy oak and Provencal herbs. Full-bodied, gutsy and fleshy, with loads of glycerin, a heady mouthfeel and a long finish, this wine has beautiful freshness and delineation, and should continue to drink well for 10-12+ more years. How did this label get past the puritanical bureaucrats at BATF?


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The Winery

Sine Qua Non

We love rarity, and Sine Qua Non is rare by design. For every vintage winemaker Manfred Krankl not only makes new wine, but designs a new label and bottle style. Each bottle is a work of art with a name that seems to capture its essence. Benchmark is proud to have one of the largest collections of Sine Qua Non in the country, ready to deliver at your request.

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