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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 5 
TypeWhite
ProducerSine Qua Non (web)
VarietyWhite Blend
DesignationThe Petition
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionn/a
AppellationCalifornia

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2013 (based on 12 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Sine Qua Non The Petition on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 130 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by MC2 Wines on 4/12/2015: Maggie Harrison/Brad Grimes Dinner (Eleven Madison Park): Our first SQN white - this was in competition for WOTN with the '96 Mouton. It was just spectacular. So many different flavors and constantly evolving and changing in the mouth. There's a fullness of flavor (perhaps some Viognier) but the Roussanne pokes through with it's honeysuckle like characteristics. Paired with prawns and I felt like the wine completely overshadowed the dish. (406 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 10/12/2014: Sunday Night Sine Qua Non Dinner (RPM Steak - Chicago IL): This bottle was very tired and past its peak, vs another bottle from earlier this year which was fresher and very enjoyable. (1826 views)
 Tasted by JimN on 3/24/2014 & rated 92 points: Fifth bottle from this vintage and the best so far. Opened five hours early with no decant, which seemed to add to the complexity. Peaches and cream on the nose give way to honeycomb and lemon meringue on the palate. I don't get the heavy oak that some others have noted, but then I love CA Chardonnay! Just a bit of flabbiness keeps this from getting higher scores from me, because everything else is there. (2346 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 3/22/2014 & rated 91 points: Wines Tasted at HDH Auction (Tru - Chicago IL): Lots of ripe fruit, still retaining good freshness and energy. Hints of sweet spice and nuttiness. Lots of nuance and charm. Very good. (2551 views)
 Tasted by tooch on 3/22/2014 & rated 90 points: HDH Auction (Tru - Chicago, IL): Probably the best white wine from SQN that I've ever had. More balanced and precise and lacking the alcoholic edge that so many of their whites can have. Lots of sweet lemon, marzipan, and truffle made this rich, but it had a nice minerality that tied it together. (2682 views)
 Tasted by PC73 on 12/19/2013 & rated 88 points: Not my sort of wine. This is MASSIVE. Huge nose and palate. Very buttery and oaky. There is fruit, but it's overpowered by the oak for my palate. (2557 views)
 Tasted by MarkC on 8/18/2013: In the last 2-3 years I have come to realize I have made grave errors drinking the SQN white wines way too young. Don't get me wrong--I like most of them young--so much so that I go through them quickly. But in the last few years I've noticed that they seem to hit a sweet spot around 7 years of age, and I've had both the Rien Ne Va Plus and the Whisperin' E this year (12+ and 10+ years of age respectively) and both were phenomenal (to be fair, both were from magnum). This bottle of The Petition is every bit as good as every other bottle I've had--vibrant, rich fruit, great balance, beautiful gold color. (PE: 96) (2617 views)
 Tasted by Brandon Sparks-Gillis on 2/24/2013: The Petition has been one of my favorite SQN whites since release. Last tasted a little over a year ago, it's in an even better place today. Upon opening the nose showed a Sauternes-like (richly fruited) character accented by piney-spice. Day one: the nose built complexity as the wine opened over a couple hours, and the texture was pure silk. Day two: A little more honey/honeycomb on the nose and the flavors and palate showing more back end bitter stone fruit/white Rhone-esque. Still delicious tonight, but better on day one. (2455 views)
 Tasted by PatLee on 2/9/2013: Rich, well rounded, wine. Stone fruit. Nice nose and good finish. No heat, opened up nicely. (2527 views)
 Tasted by nicu2001 on 12/16/2012 & rated 94 points: First bottle of this in over 4 years. This wine has improved significantly. Much rounder and less bracing acidity. Alcohol is much less apparent. Thick mouthfeel. Butterscotch, honeydew, balanced. Finish is 30-45 seconds. Keeping my remaining bottles now. (2781 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 9/4/2012 & rated 91 points: Dinner with Friends (Inovasi - Lake Bluff IL): Ripe stone fruit aromas with some toasted nut background notes. Sweet, ripe peach and apricot flavors with some baking spice hints. Good balance for its alcohol level. I've often found my favorite SQN whites to be those based on Rhone varietals with a good dollop of Chardonnay added, like The Petition. (3491 views)
 Tasted by JimN on 8/19/2012 & rated 92 points: Consistent with earlier note. A great wine, but there is better--or just as good--at this price and lower. (2880 views)
 Tasted by Vinsant on 8/4/2012: Delicious! Huge nose of creme brûlée, white florals, cheese, olive oil, clay, cider, hibiscus, BBQ lemon, and green herbs. Smelled like Hawaii. A little boozy on the nose and the palate but it wasn't a negative attribute. Oily and warm mouthfeel. Enveloping palate of vanilla, papaya, almond, white pepper, apple cider, sandalwood, and spice. Matched well with multiple cheeses. A chilled tiny leftover sip in the morning revealed honey and citrus. RJ...many thanks! (2227 views)
 Tasted by jdlee1232 on 7/19/2012 & rated 88 points: Not showing that well -- dense, layered, sure, but a little bitter on the finish -- maybe beyond its prime. (2215 views)
 Tasted by pilot360 on 5/28/2012 & rated 88 points: I thought this bottle was very good, not great. Someone suggested the viognier component had receded a bit leaving the roussaine to predominate. Nose was restrained, palate reminds me of fennel/ anise and was very pleasant. (2388 views)
 Tasted by JimN on 5/12/2012 & rated 92 points: You expect a lot from a wine at this price point and this one mostly delivers. That said, I was expecting to be wowed and I was only pleased. The floral notes of the Viognier and the spiciness of the Rousanne come together exceptionally well with the Chardonnay. I like this wine as one that may draw in the ABC crowd but not turn of the Chard lovers. Silky mouthfeel and oily viscosity, almost like a sweet wine. Very nice wine, but not sure I'd buy consistently at this price. (2361 views)
 Tasted by PortFanatic on 4/29/2012 & rated 93 points: yellow color. Quite darl for a white wine. Smalls quite fresh. Full bodied. I was concerned that it might be too old - but it's very much alive! It could use a bit more acidity, but otherwise it's delicious. Excellent! Drink now. (2344 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 4/15/2012 & rated 92 points: An evening with Chave, SQN, Captain Kirk and others (The Greenhouse Tavern): I believe the same Roussanne, Viognier and Chardonnay blend. The nose is waxy with an almond note to it. Not nearly as expressive as the Whisperin E. Is this in a Rhone-style shut down mode? Perhaps, but it never really opened as much with air. Still, it has a nice complexity to it that the E doesn't have if seemingly buried deep in the wine. It has a waxy/lemon chiffon quality. Like the E, I would prefer a bit more cut to it. Still, it went well with the food. (3023 views)
 Tasted by Gobi on 3/21/2012 & rated 95 points: Displays a striking bright neon yellow color with a slight golden hue, revealing a exotic yet complex nose. Intense aromas of butter, cream, pineapples, papaya, apricots, mango, lychees, white flowers, smoke, rubber hose, and a touch of cinnamon on the end. On the palate the wine is intense filling the mouth with sweet tropical fruits like pineapples, papayas, mango’s, lemon curd, following up to a dense sweet lemon cream mid-palate with well integrated acidity. The finish keeps the density of the mid-palate revealing a wax like texture with a rubbery flavor intermingled with roasted almonds, spices, and minerals. A white wine with muscles, very balanced, you can't feel the high alcohol content, but most importantly a mix of exotic flavors and textures. (1549 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 2/29/2012 & rated 93 points: An amazing meal (Rhys, SQN, KB, Margaux, Angelus, Ducru, Kalin): This drinks very young still. The nose is slightly waxy with grapefruits. Some buttery notes and a hint of papaya. This has a great backbone of acidity that keep its fresh, yet excellent balance. It is a very big wine but went suprisingly well with the food which included Tempura Mango Salad. (3184 views)
 Tasted by wallstreet on 11/1/2011: I truly enjoyed this wine. It was my third bottle and it seemed to improve slightly since last time. But I will say, it is not worth the price of admission, sadly enough. So I stick to my original tasting notes from 2010 (3849 views)
 Tasted by KenK on 9/2/2011 & rated 95 points: Wine Flock does Great Whites (My House): Hazelnut, dark edgy yellow fruits, a lush quality to the concentrated aromas, simply packed with a touch of buttered nuts. Lush, sweet, silky creamy texture. Pure pleasure. Long, lush, dense fruit dominated with creamy texture. Big yummy quality. Nice nuances, but a slightly warm long finish is only issue here 95 (4181 views)
 Tasted by jlgnml on 8/23/2011 & rated 91 points: Good and clean. Darker in color, maybe drank too fast. opened later in the glass. 3 bottles left. (3745 views)
 Tasted by Vinomarcus on 7/13/2011 & rated 94 points: Wednesday Night Blind - July 2011 (Somers 202): My bottle - Dark yellow color, huge amounts of vanilla laden oak, peach cobbler,lots of butterscotch and melted butter, a creamy but very full texture, fills the mouth. Lush and big, for me the oak was a part of the wine and not a hurdle to get over so I really liked it, others didn't. (4244 views)
 Tasted by jlgnml on 7/2/2011 & rated 90 points: Good color, lacked overall structure, needs some more time, nic on the palate (4014 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Santa Barbara: The Thrill of Discovery (Jul 2014)
(Sine Qua Non White Wine The Petition California) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #12 (6/23/2012)
(Sine Qua Non The Petition) Login and sign up and see review text.   93 points
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, November/December 2007, IWC Issue #135
(Sine Qua Non The Petition California) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (5/7/2009)
(Sine Qua Non The Petition) Big, sweet, ripe, cream, orange creamsickle, orange blossom nose; mineral, floral, white flower, menthol and tart peach palate; medium-plus finish 91+ pts. (37% Viognier, 33% Roussanne, 30% Chardonnay)  91 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/16/2009)
(Sine Qua Non The Petition) Light medium canary yellow color; lanolin, vanilla, pear and pineapple nose; concentrated lanolin, hazelnut, vanilla, tart pear palate with a sense of smoke and acidity; medium-plus finish (a little hot on the finish)  93 points
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