Red

2008 Sine Qua Non Syrah The Duel

Syrah

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
Drink between 2013 - 2023 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 15

  • AllRed wrote: (95 points)

    October 10, 2015 - Memphis SQN Dinner (Erling Jensen, Memphis, TN): Admittedly, I am partial to this particular vintage, but this inky Syrah boasts a lovely bouquet of black fruit, roasted game, cinnamon and boysenberry with a gorgeous perfumed floral overtone that oscillated from violets to lavender to potpourri and back. Gorgeous. Firm tannins with dark fruit, pepper, iron and blue fruit flavors with a long finish. 95-96 pts.

  • bonedocnine Likes this wine: (96 points)

    August 30, 2015 - Big and bombastic yet retains a finesse that is unusual in this style of wine. perfect drinking right now.

  • Uglypinga Likes this wine:

    May 29, 2015 - Serious wine here but tight. The nose has some beef, blackberries and some earth, surprisingly. The palate is tight with intense fruit but it just doesn't release the sweetness. Some drying tannins even. Everything is there but it needs some time. This was open for about three hours before I got to it.

  • phenricsson wrote: (98 points)

    December 20, 2014 - Second bottle I've opened. Very consistent with last time 8 months ago. Big mouthfeel but not at all heavy. Actually it is almost elegant. Long aftertaste that builds with a crescendo after 30 seconds. Must have some discipline and wait at least a year for next bottle - not easy though since it tastes so great now.

  • Burgundy Al wrote: (92 points)

    October 12, 2014 - Sunday Night Sine Qua Non Dinner (RPM Steak - Chicago IL): Very similar to the B20 in the next glass but I found this more focused on vanilla and chocolate aromas and flavors, less on the nuance and concentration of the fruit itself. Others disagreed and referred this.

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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 36 (3%)
  • In Cellars 1,006 (73%)
  • Consumed 330 (24%)

Food Pairing

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Who Likes This Wine

86% Like It  7 votes