Sine Qua Non

Sine Qua Non

Sine Qua Non is yet another cult winery from California, USA. Manfred Krankl and his wife Elaine began starting their own winery after first working at several other estates and enhancing their skills.

The name “Sine Qua Non” means “without which there is nothing”. Their first vintage was 1994 (three barrels of the Syrah “Queen of Spades”). A specialist in Rhône varietals, most of their red wines are made from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre grapes, while Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier grapes are used for the white wines.

They also produced some sweet wines, with the help of famous Austrian winemaker Alois Kracher. However, when Alois Kracher suddenly passed away in 2006, Sine Qua Non stopped producing those rare wines.

Every year, Manfred Krankl uses his own artwork to create labels for the various wines they produce. Furthermore: Each vintage they bring out wines under a new (sometimes funny) name. Both the label and the wine’s name has to be approved by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. A long and sometimes frustrating process, because of the numerous rejections.

The philosophy of Sine Qua Non is to make perfectly ripe, full bodied and full-flavored wines, that express the uniqueness of each vintage. In general, they use 40-60% new oak for the white wines and 60-100% new oak for the red wines and there is hardly any fining or filtration.

Sometimes Sine Qua Non also releases a rosé, made from Grenache grapes. The average annual production for all the wines is about 3500 cases, but since there is a waiting list for new consumers, it might take up to 10 years to get hold of some bottles. Multiple wines received the full 100 points by Robert Parker.

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Wines from Sine Qua Non

ProducerName Vintage l. Parker
Robert Parker is one of the world's most infuential wine critics. Ratings are from 50 – 100 points.
WS/JS
Ratings from WineSpectator/James Suckling. Ratings are from 50 – 100 points
Other
Tasting Notes from other wine professionals like Jancis Robinson, Rene Gabriel, Burghound etc. Ratings are from 10-20 points.
BOW
Rating from the Best of Wines Tasting panel. Ratings are from 5 – 10 points
#
Number of bottles in stock
Price (incl. VAT)
Sine Qua Non • And An Eight Track Rose 2013 0,75 1 € 279,00 € 337,59
Sine Qua Non • Female 2013 1,5 98 9 1 € 875,00 € 1.058,75
Sine Qua Non • Five Shooter Grenache 2010 1,5 98 9 1 € 849,00 € 1.027,29
Sine Qua Non • Just For the Love of It 2002 1,5 100 9+ 1 € 2.294,00 € 2.775,74
Sine Qua Non • Left Field Shea Vineyard 1996 0,75 87 8+ 1 € 2.999,00 € 3.628,79
Sine Qua Non • Male 2013 1,5 98 9- 1 € 699,00 € 845,79
Sine Qua Non • Next of Kyn II (3 btls & 1 Magnum collection) 2008 0,75 95 8.5 1 € 2.794,00 € 3.380,74
Sine Qua Non • Rattrapante Grenache 2012 0,75 100 88 8.5 4 € 595,00 € 719,95
Sine Qua Non • Stein Grenache 2012 1,5 97 8.5 1 € 779,00 € 942,59
Sine Qua Non • The Duel Grenache 2008 0,75 97 92 8.5 3 € 519,00 € 627,99
Sine Qua Non • The Naked Truth Grenache 2005 0,75 97 97 9 3 € 829,00 € 1.003,09
Sine Qua Non • Upside Down Grenache 2009 1,5 96 8.5 1 € 799,00 € 966,79


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ProducerName Vintage l. Parker
Robert Parker is one of the world's most infuential wine critics. Ratings are from 50 – 100 points.
WS/JS
Ratings from WineSpectator/James Suckling. Ratings are from 50 – 100 points
Other
Tasting Notes from other wine professionals like Jancis Robinson, Rene Gabriel, Burghound etc. Ratings are from 10-20 points.
BOW
Rating from the Best of Wines Tasting panel. Ratings are from 5 – 10 points
#
Number of bottles in stock
Price (incl. VAT)
Sine Qua Non • 17th Nail in my Cranium 2005 0,75 100 98 9.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • A Shot in the Dark Syrah 2006 0,75 100 98 9.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Atlantis Grenache 2A 2005 0,75 97 9- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Atlantis Grenache 2A 2005 1,5 97 9- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Atlantis Grenache 2b 2005 0,75 97 9- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Atlantis Grenache 2C 2005 0,75 97 9- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Atlantis Syrah 1A 2005 0,75 100 92 9+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Atlantis Syrah 1B 2005 0,75 100 92 9+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Atlantis Syrah 1C 2005 0,75 100 92 9+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Atlantis Syrah Fe 203 1A (Syrah) 2005 1,5 100 92 9+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • B-20 Shriaz (damaged label) 2008 0,75 95 93 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • B-20 Shriaz 2008 0,75 95 93 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Body and Soul 2007 0,75 96 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Dangerous Birds Grenache 2007 0,75 99 94 9- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Dangerous Birds Syrah 2007 0,75 98 95 9- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Female 2013 0,75 98 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Five Shooter Grenache 2010 0,75 98 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Five Shooter Syrah 2010 0,75 98 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Gallinata 2014 0,75 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Grenache Dark Blossom 2011 0,75 97 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Grenache Dirt Vernacular 2016 0,75 98 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Grenache This Is Not An Exit 2009 0,75 96 9- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Heart Chorea 2002 0,75 99 9+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Heels over Head 2000 0,75 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Hoodoo Man 2006 0,75 95 8+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • In flagrante Syrah 2000 0,75 96 90 8+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • In The Abstract 2012 0,75 97 95 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • In the Crosshairs Grenache 2006 0,75 100 97 9.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Inaugural Grenache 2003 0,75 100 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Inaugural Syrah 2003 0,75 100 90 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Into the Dark 2004 0,75 99 9+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Jusqu'a l'Os Grenache 2013 0,75 100 9+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Just For the Love of It 2002 0,75 100 10 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Kolibri 2008 0,75 97 93 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Labels Syrah 2007 0,75 98 92 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Le Chemin Vers L'Heresie Grenache 2015 0,75 98 9- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Le Supplement Syrah 2013 0,75 100 9+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Li' L E Grenache 2003 0,75 99 9- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Lightmotif White Blend 2014 0,75 97 90 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Male 2013 0,75 98 9- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Marauder 1999 0,75 95 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Midnight Oil 2001 0,75 96 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • More than a Number 2002 0,75 96 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Mr K Gewurztramainer Eiswein 1999 0,375 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Mr K Semillon Vin de Paille 1998 0,375 99 9+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Mr K the Noble Man 2005 0,375 98 9+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Mr K the Strawman 2005 0,375 100 9.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Mr K Viognier Trockenbeerauslese 1998 0,375 96 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Next Of Kyn II 2008 0,75 95 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Next Of Kyn II Magnum 2008 1,5 95 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Next Of Kyn No 4 2010 0,75 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • No 6 2001 0,75 85 7- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Ode to E Grenache 2004 0,75 100 9.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Ode to E Syrah 2004 0,75 99 9.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Omega Shea Vineyard (Pinot Noir) 2003 0,75 93 8+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • On the Lam 2009 0,75 93 8+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • On your Toes Syrah 2001 0,75 99 9+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Over and Out Arrita Hills Vineyard (Pinot Noir) 2005 0,75 94 94 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Ox (pinot noir) 1999 0,75 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Packin' Rosy Rose 2009 0,75 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Papa Syrah 2003 0,75 98 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Patine Grenache 2011 0,75 97 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Patine Syrah 2011 0,75 98 9+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Pearl Clutcher Chardonnay 2012 0,75 97 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Petite Sirah The Writing On The Wall 2012 1,5 99 9.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Pictures Grenache 2007 0,75 97 91 8+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Piranha Waterdance Syrah 2014 0,75 100 94 9+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Poker Face (Syrah) 2004 0,75 100 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Raven Series Syrah No 1 Grenache 2006 0,75 98 97 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Raven Series Syrah No 10 (magnum) 2006 1,5 96 97 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Raven Series Syrah No 3 2006 0,75 96 97 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Raven Series Syrah No 4 2006 0,75 96 97 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Raven Series Syrah No 5 2006 0,75 96 97 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Raven Series Syrah No 6+7 2006 0,75 96 97 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Raven Series Syrah No 9 2006 0,75 96 97 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Rien Ne Va Plus 2001 0,75 98 9- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Shakti Grenache 2014 0,75 98 90 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Stein Grenache 2012 0,75 97 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Stock Syrah 2012 0,75 98 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Stockholm Syndrome Grenache 2010 0,75 100 9+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Stockholm Syndrome Syrah 2010 0,75 100 9.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Syrah B 20 2008 0,75 95 93 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Syrah Dark Blossom 2011 0,75 99 9+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Syrah Impostor McCoy 1997 0,75 96 92 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Syrah Le Supplement 2013 0,75 100 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Syrah This Is Not An Exit 2009 0,75 97 95 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • The Complicator Pinot Noir 1997 0,75 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • The Duel Syrah 2008 0,75 97 94 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • The Line 2008 0,75 97 95 9- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • The Line (slightly damaged label) 2008 0,75 97 95 9- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • The Moment 2011 0,75 95 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • The Monkey 2010 0,75 92 8 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • The Naked Truth Grenache 2005 1,5 97 97 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • The Petition 2005 0,75 95 91 8+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • The Rejuvenators White Blend 2004 0,75 96 8+ 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • The Thrill of Stamp Syrah (damaged label) 2009 0,75 95 9- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • The Thrill of Stamp Syrah 2009 0,75 95 9- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • This is not an Exit Grenache 2009 0,75 96 93 9- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Touche Syrah 2012 0,75 100 92 9- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Trouver l'Arene Syrah 2015 0,75 100 9 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Upside Down Grenache 2009 0,75 96 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • Whispering E 2002 1,5 95 8.5 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • White in the Abstract 2012 0,75 97 95 9- 0 sold out
Sine Qua Non • White Wine Resiste 2013 0,75 97 9 0 sold out