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 26

  • JonnyG Likes this wine: (93 points)

    August 13, 2017 - Some Eclectic, Spectacular Wines; 8/13/2017-8/14/2017 (Santa Ynez Valley): One-hour decant, could have used more. Perfumed nose of violets, smoke and bacon fat. Rich, powerful and lush palate (no surprise), with notes of concentrated, sweet blue fruit, smoked meat and baking spices. Would have shown better with 4+ hours of air, and should improve further with more time in the bottle IMO. Not something I'd reach for every day, but impressive for what it is.

    Update from Night 2: The wine is stubbornly unbudged. Time failed to move this big boy one iota...

  • sevo wrote:

    June 9, 2017 - Opened four hours in advance and kept in cellar. Paired with a grilled and marinated flank. Still needed an additional thirty minutes before really blossoming. Everyone at the table truly enjoyed the wine, very silky on the palate with raspberry and cassis on the nose.
    I had one bottle of this in my cellar. Would I purchase another at the current price? Good question.

  • pdemaio Likes this wine: (96 points)

    May 23, 2017 - Classic SQN goodness. Great high notes, and wonderful complexity on the nose. Meat and berries on the body. Long, meandering finish.
    PDQ96+

  • 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
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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 30 (2%)
  • In Cellars 1,062 (71%)
  • Consumed 410 (27%)

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