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 Vintage2005
TypeWhite - Sweet/Dessert
ProducerSine Qua Non (web)
VarietyRoussanne
DesignationAtlantis Fe2O3~3e
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionn/a
AppellationCalifornia

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2014 (based on 4 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Sine Qua Non Roussanne Atlantis Fe203 3e on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 95.4 pts. and median of 96 pts. in 27 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by bengti on 10/29/2014 & rated 99 points: Nose of rich perfume, oranges, apricots, candied honey, golden in colour. Kept evolving in the glass with dried apricots, citrus extracts and sugared apples. Satisfying finish with enough bite to keep you wanting more. Another amazing amazing wine. (748 views)
 Tasted by Topper on 7/19/2014 & rated 96 points: Coompletely gorgeous wine. Apricot is the dominant note, with apple, peach, nectarine and the rest of the summer fruit basket coupled with viscous body, explosive aromatics, a finish that won't quit and enough acidity to keep it from being cloying. Marvelous job! (965 views)
 Tasted by EMichels on 10/23/2013 & rated 92 points: Solid dessert offering; Light color; Nice edge (1539 views)
 Tasted by tp096255 on 3/1/2013 & rated 93 points: Translucent amber-orange-honey. Lovely in appearance.

Honey, sweet alfalfa, hay, pollen. Mouth is thick, rich with dried peach and dried Turkish apricot. Completely coats the palate. Great acidity. Finish is rich and takes on same fruits, hints of vanilla. Very nice indeed. (1914 views)
 Tasted by BaroloRob on 12/18/2012 & rated 96 points: Pear, lychee, caramel with a long finish of orange marmalade.
Delicious. (2005 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/15/2012: Deep caramel color; honey, sweet stone fruits. Thick and rich but enough acidity to balance the sweetness. (1896 views)
 Tasted by acyso on 3/25/2012 & rated 93 points: From a split. Amber hue. Very extracted aromas, with notes of honeysuckle, pear, grapefruit, and some vanilla. On the palate, there is a lot more acidity than is usual for a SQN (dessert) wine, but there is still the immense amount of extract and concentration that is typical for SQN stickies. Slightly astringent, it seems that some wood tannin has leached its way into the drink. This would be brilliant if that sharp note weren't there; as it is, this is just your typical high-end yet well-made dessert wine. Very long. (2197 views)
 Tasted by Vino Me on 12/12/2011 & rated 94 points: Brought by Blue Oval to a Christmas party at my house last weekend. This was the 3rd SQN dessert wine I have had in the last 2 months (all courtesy of other board members). Each has been outstanding. Included in that group was the 2005 Sine Qua Non Grenache Atlantis Fe203~2d Vin de Paille which I liked better than this wine. This was probably the least concentrated of the 3 but still an extremely big and concentrated dessert wine. Far superior to any Phelps Eisrebe I've had. These SQN dessert wines are really in a class by themselves as far as new world dessert wines go. This wine was loaded with apricot marmalade and pear extract notes. The syrupy fruit and spice just leapt from the glass. The next day the empty bottle was so sticky that I had to pry it out of my hand to throw it away. 94-95 points. (1863 views)
 Tasted by Patman2108 on 6/11/2011 & rated 98 points: Syrupy sweet butterscotch (1965 views)
 Tasted by dream on 2/21/2011 & rated 91 points: The color of a Provence rose. Nice acids with flavors of oranges and spices. Quite intense and tasty but blown overboard by the amazing selection of Germans served alongside. A bit cloying in comparison. Still, it held it's own and was a treat to taste. (1992 views)
 Tasted by O>-< on 12/17/2010 & rated 98 points: Golden/copper already at 5 yrs old. Decent aromas of apricot, honey, and faint spring flowers, but the real impact is on the palate: wow! Layers of vibrant tangerine, peach, apricot, buttery pineapple, and honey - just fantastic! Absolutely nervy acidity allied to full-bodied weight and depth, creating a wine that shows wide-eyed exuberance. Better than the '05 Straw Man I had earlier this year, IMO. Beyond my already high expectation. Bravo! (2446 views)
 Tasted by wineismylife on 9/2/2010 & rated 96 points: Root 246 Dinner (Root 246, Solvang, California): Opened and served immediately. Yellow color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Big nose and palate of honey, lychee, a mix of rich tropical fruits with a dash of peach towards the finish. Bright acidity, full bodied. Think and unctuous on the palate without being cloying. Drink or hold. 96? (2925 views)
 Tasted by tall2002 on 7/24/2010 & rated 97 points: I don't have a lot of experience pairing dessert wines on my own so I took the wine to Parcel 104 at the marriott in Santa Clara. We left the dinner/dessert choices in the hands of the professionals- Brain, the resturant manager and Executive Sous Chef Carlos Sanchez. We had eaten a late lunch, so Brian's recommendation of the pork belly hot pot was perfect. The wine picked up a spicy peachy pit. Becaue their menu changes often, go soon to give this a try. the pairing was fantastic! We continued with a three course dessert menu prepared by Carlos we sat at the counter and watched the magic happen, Warm tapipocia pudding poured over fresh fruit, perfect flan, and chocolate preparations that were magical. All perfectly paired to our wine. An exceptional experience! (2582 views)
 Tasted by ews3 on 5/8/2010 & rated 95 points: Great Grapes for a Great Cause -- 3rd Annual; 5/7/2010-5/8/2010 (Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC): Sharp acid on the attack prepares your palate for an onslaught of honey. The acid fades a little faster than the sugar on the long finish, which leads to a bit of cloying as it fades. (3607 views)
 Tasted by AlexRed on 5/8/2010 & rated 97 points: Fantastic. had at a gathering at a friends house. honey and orange rind. didn't find anything cloying, in fact the acid attack with the big honey flavor was great. everything faded perfectly in sync for me. could have had it all night... topped the 05 Mr. K we had next to it. (2726 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 12/13/2009 & rated 91 points: TN: Huet, SQN, Spotteswood, ZH, Ussegglio, HL, Cos, Borgogno and lots more: Pinkish/golden in color. The nose has noney and pineapple. Thick and unctuous. On the palate, this is slightly cloying and very sweet. Sugary finish. Just too sweet for my taste to really love it. It is very nice but I prefer more acidity. (3572 views)
 Tasted by shadow on 9/7/2009 & rated 99 points: Thick and chewie, fruit taken to another level, I never used to like desert wines, now I'm looking forward to the next one (3212 views)
 Tasted by clayfu on 5/25/2009 & rated 95 points: IS SINE QUA NON THE GREATEST WINE IN THE WORLD? We go to school to find out!; 5/22/2009-5/25/2009: GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE wiz. Tons of succulent honey comb with sweet yellow melon on the nose. With honey dew, fresh honey, and soft sweet juice dripping Bartlet pears on the palate. Great acidity to pear with the sweetness, wonderfully balanced and teases the line of being too sweet. Way better than the over the top MR. K's for me. (3898 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/8/2009 & rated 98 points: Great acidity to balance out the intense sweetness of this wine.

I initially consumed this too warm and it felt a bit bloated and overly sweet. After an additional hour in the fridge it was a whole different ballgame. (3366 views)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, November/December 2008, IWC Issue #141
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