Red

2008 Sine Qua Non Syrah The Duel

Syrah

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
Drink between 2013 - 2025 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 23

  • Rosengoo wrote: (95 points)

    May 12, 2017 - This bottle was opened 4 hours before drinking at home with friends. The wine was deep garnet red in colour and clear and had a very strong nose of pepper and some caramel and chocolate. I tasted these same flavours although the pepper was thankfully not as strong as I thought it would be. There was also some vanilla in the glass and both the tannins and acidity were quite strong. This was a very flavourful wine tonight.

  • mtolerico Likes this wine: (97 points)

    March 6, 2017 - Improved since last time, but it was great every time I've been lucky enough to have this wine. No formal notes for this other than impression and I wrote down a score... Not helpful, I know.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • phenricsson wrote: (96 points)

    January 15, 2017 - Similar flavor profile as B20 (tasted side by side) but more open and tasting more mature. (maybe the longer barrel aging?) This also improved with longer opening time. Decanting is good.

  • tcosgriff Likes this wine: (96 points)

    September 27, 2016 - Deep purple color with a bouquet and flavor of ripe plums and vanilla. I do not detect any pepper notes, so often found in Syrah. Very good balance with no off notes and nice intensity. Very long finish. Another Wow wine from SQN.

  • Rosengoo wrote: (95 points)

    September 3, 2016 - This clear and deep garnet red wine was very approachable with minimal decanting. With quite a bit of candied cherries as well as a not overwhelming amount of spices on both the nose and in the glass, I really enjoyed this. The wine had mid to strong acidity and mid level tannins. Finally, it also had a long and fruitful finish to it. I'd like to try one of these with a longer decanting time and see how it shows.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Sine Qua Non
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation The Duel
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Central Coast

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 27 (2%)
  • In Cellars 1,047 (71%)
  • Consumed 407 (27%)

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