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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 3 
ProducerSine Qua Non (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
AppellationYamhill County

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2012 (based on 20 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Sine Qua Non Pinot Noir Omega Shea Vineyard on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.5 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 127 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by tcosgriff on 1/10/2015 & rated 98 points: The bottle was a magnum, probably accounting for its lack of any sign of decline. Beautiful Burgundy color without any brown in the edge. Wonderful bouquet and flavor of huckleberries, dark cherries, and even plums, mixed with toast and allspice. Extraordinary balance with a silky feel in the mouth. Great depth and nuance with a long satisfying finish. This puts all those expensive, overrated Burgundies to shame. (871 views)
 Tasted by Stefanos T. on 7/30/2014 & rated 98 points: Opulent, rich, complex and fragrant with fantastic fruit definition and high level Pino-sity even if very different from Burgundy. Mouthcoating texture with fat mouth caressing tannins and everything in balance.
The wine shows no sign of tiring at all. Has all the pinot fruit, spiciness, mint and as Yiannis pointed to me a remark our friend Lazaros made about the Pinot aromas, Chios mastic, which really rang a bell.
Delectable. (1728 views)
 Tasted by Yiannis on 7/29/2014 & rated 98 points: Served blind and I recognized as a pinot noir despite the anusual ripeness, opulence of fruit and high alcohol given the variety. My friend Stefanos T. who offered me this, told me afterwards that he was expecting it very evolved if not overevolved, but to our pleasent surprise this was absolutely youthful and vibrant. Dark ruby color. Fragrant nose with intense Chios masticha, violets, red and darker cherries, raspberries and sweet spices. Full-bodied with vibrant and generous fruit, perfectly integrated alcohol, balancing acidity and silky tannins. Very long, almost endless aftertaste. A great pinot noir, combining pinosity with the winemaker's idiosyncratic style. (1809 views)
 Tasted by MAXIMUM SATISFACTION on 4/19/2014 & rated 94 points: Drank from a magnum with a leaky cork. Not the best showing for this wine but still damn impressive. An effervescent mouthfeel leads into a highly extracted palate of syrupy cherry liqueur and herbaceous spice. Enjoyed with Gjelina Take Away in Venice Ca.

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 Tasted by Kemo Sabe on 4/11/2014 & rated 93 points: Even 11 years out this puppy is still BIG. Very California style pinot which is fine by me. Big, deep and dark pinot. Tons of flavors. Almost thick. Will definitely hold my last two bottles for a while as I think these have a long ways to go. In spite of its size all in balance. 93+ (1956 views)
 Tasted by JonnyG on 1/6/2014 & rated 93 points: Cellar Reduction, The Fun Way (Santa Ynez Valley): From a magnum whose signs of seepage compelling me to bite the bullet and crack this one open. Slow-ox'ed for 6 hours, the wine remained monolithic all evening, then revealed more on the next day. The nose of ripe, mature red fruits and cedar gives way to concentrated, rich fruit, very much in balance with the oak notes. I found the extraction to be a welcome complement to the layered, pure fruit. Opulent and somewhat unique, not for everyone to be sure. (2249 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/29/2013 & rated 91 points: high alcohol, sweet (601 views)
 Tasted by Mrbuzz on 8/13/2013 & rated 93 points: Sorry to see my last bottle go, but the cork had a fracture along the side, so it had to be put down! Still holding well..big and powerful ripe fruit that has darkened with age.....cloudy, rustic, yet smooth and opulent....reminds me of a Bertheau BM on steroids! Wonderful candied berries, raspberry, strawberry...earth dust, sarsaparilla, sandalwood.....not as balanced as usual for a sqn wine...does have some heat. Tasty big Pinot! (2249 views)
 Tasted by William Kelley on 8/5/2013: An explosive bouquet of blood orange, lavender, rosemary, pine forest floor, spice (cloves), burning embers, rose petals and dark fruits announces one of the most compelling USA Pinots I've ever tasted: what profound complexity! The aromas require no coaxing whatsoever. On the palate, great concentration, full body, and a supple texture. This wine is surely at peak maturity! (2376 views)
 Tasted by slywka7 on 6/29/2013 & rated 96 points: My first time having a SQN Pinot Noir and drank it next to a Marcassin! This was fully mature with a lot of dark red and black fruits but also had some earth and game flavors. Super complex, the finish lingered for minutes on the palate. 15.5% alcohol but certainly not hot by any means. Preferred this to the Marcassin early on but the Marcassin gained some steam towards the end of the night. (2047 views)
 Tasted by kenmmm on 5/5/2013 & rated 93 points: Drink now (2193 views)
 Tasted by ews3 on 5/3/2013 & rated 88 points: Sine Qua Non Dinner, volume II (Maloney & Porcelli, NYC): from magnum. not what i remembered. lots of fruit with still quite a lot of tannin for a pinot. not as much depth or complexity as i recall from past bottles. still a lovely finish and overall very pleasant. others liked this more than I did. (my bottle) (1700 views)
 Tasted by Wim de Leeuw on 4/21/2013 & rated 93 points: Kleur: De diepst gekleurde Pinot Noir die ik ooit in mijn glas heb gehad. Diep donker rood. Aroma / bouquet: Typerend Pinot Noir: bosaardbeitjes la Sine Qua Non. Geconcentreerd en zoet-kruidig. Smaak / Afdronk: Krachtig, sublieme concentratie, opvallende frisse zuurgraad, krachtige en wat zoetige tannines. Dik-sappige wijn. Extreme lengte met een zoetige afdronk. Algemeen / potentieel: Indrukwekkende Nieuwe Wereld Pinot Noir. 50 + Kleur: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 11 + Smaak / Afdronk: 18 + Algemeen / potentieel: 8 = 92/100

Color: The deepest colored Pinot Noir I've ever had in my glass. . Deep dark red Aroma / bouquet: Characteristic Pinot Noir: wild strawberries la Sine Qua Non. Concentrated and sweet-spicy Taste / Finish:. Powerful, sublime concentration, remarkable fresh acidity, strong and slightly sweet tannins. Thick juicy wine. Extreme length with a sweet aftertaste. General / potential: Impressive New World Pinot Noir. 50 + Color: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 11 + Taste / Finish: 18 + General / potential: 8 = 92/100 (1721 views)
 Tasted by ShannonGroomes on 3/22/2013 & rated 96 points: best wine of the night. a darker Pinot than some but went with coffee rubbed bison and smoked sides the best of the night!!!! (1648 views)
 Tasted by Jharllee on 1/20/2013 & rated 95 points: Excellent. (1815 views)
 Tasted by JimN on 1/1/2013 & rated 92 points: An amped up Pinot from CA. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but not worth the price tag by any stretch. Very dark, rich fruit, but definitely Pinot Noir. Still a bit hot after all these years. Had to try it, but my interest is now satisfied. (1906 views)
 Tasted by jc-mmb on 12/29/2012 & rated 96 points: love this still. still bright color to rim. clean and full aroma of cherry and blue fruits, high mountain air with a touch of cinnamon spice. the palate again shows a little zip on the tongue and then spreads evenly thorughout the palate - just enough to coat without being too suffocating. really nice cherry and blueberry with cedar and floral undertones. little bit of cinnamon type spice. nice soft tannins. the finish has faded just a tad but lingers long enough to pull you back for another taste. so sad - my last bottle. (1656 views)
 Tasted by PC73 on 10/30/2012: This is really impressive. I would never have guessed this was a Pinot. Much more Syrah on the nose. Spices and herbs. Super intense on both nose and palate. Rather earthy finish on the palate. Lots of fruit, perhaps raspberry being the dominate flavour. Shame they have up on Pinot. (1943 views)
 Tasted by Kemo Sabe on 10/22/2012 & rated 94 points: My last magnum of this wine, so sad. This is a sensational Pinot. Still going strong 9 years out - not showing any signs of its age. Gigantic flavors booming from the glass yet as always with Manfred in perfect balance. This is California Pinot at its best. If you havent tried one yet - get a hold of these treasures. 94+ (1922 views)
 Tasted by MAXIMUM SATISFACTION on 9/13/2012 & rated 97 points: The last of its kind. Big and untraditional Pinot. Creamy oak, dark chocolate, bright cherry and spice. Velvety mouth feel with mellowed alcohol.

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 Tasted by theusualsuspect on 9/11/2012 & rated 91 points: Hallmark of this wine is sort of finessey purity. Reminds me of a Turley in that way. Almost wants to be red fruity but comes down to black fruit, black cherry on the palate. A bit of heat and still has a bit of bite. This is a very easy drink and a wine you can very much respect, but at $200 a bottle, I'll go find two high quality bottles of Chambolle Musigny. (1938 views)
 Tasted by dcwino on 8/24/2012 flawed bottle: Lost Friday Wine Lunch - Blacksalt (Blacksalt, Washington DC): Out of a mag, terribly corked. (2139 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 7/18/2012 & rated 90 points: Goodbye Dinner for Gabriel's Restaurant (Gabriel's - Highwood IL): Lush black Pinot Noir fruit, still quite fresh aromas. Deep black cherry and boysenberry flavors with some cocoa and licorice. Good length, but hints of alcohol at the very end. (2568 views)
 Tasted by cephomer on 5/25/2012 & rated 95 points: Upon first opening the bottle at Club Car in Mamo, I thought the wine might be a bit old. That thought blew away on the 2nd sip. The wine shows a beautiful deep ruby red color. Hints of cigar box and tar on the nose. The tannins, though still slightly noticeable, were extremely smooth and well integrated into the wine. The fruit just explodes in the mouth, lots of red AND black fruit in my opinion. I loved the wine, though was more brooding and darker than I had expected--not your typical cherry fruit bomb that I typically expect from California pinots (perhaps because SQN gets its fruit for this wine from Shea Vineyard in Oregon). Great wine! (2115 views)
 Tasted by shaferguy91 on 4/29/2012 & rated 93 points: No decant. (2205 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2005, IWC Issue #121
(Sine Qua Non Pinot Noir Omega Willamette Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (11/18/2007)
(Sine Qua Non Pinot Noir Omega) Dark cherry red color; rich, focused, raspberry and black cherry nose; ripe, concentrated cherry palate, a little hot; medium-plus finish  87 points
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Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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