2006 Sine Qua Non Syrah Raven Series


  • USA
  • California
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Community Tasting Notes 178

  • Wim de Leeuw Likes this wine: (95 points)

    February 19, 2017 - Kleur: Diep opaak donker rood. Aroma / bouquet: Verleidelijk bouquet. Voor een SQN-wijn een meer klassiek Syrah-bouquet. Donker fruit, bramen, zwarte bessen in combinatie met donkere kruidigheid, maar ook met frissere kruidigheid zoals verse mint en basilicum. Smaak / Afdronk: Typische SQN-vulling. Wat een indrukwekkende concentratie. Zachte zuurgraad, krachtige maar zijdezachte tannines, subtiele alcohol-zoetigheid. Kracht in combinatie met elegantie. Pruimen, zacht zoete drop. Mooi geintegreerd hout. Algemeen / potentieel: Briljante SQN Syrah. Indrukwekkende wijn! 50 + Kleur: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 13 + Smaak / Afdronk: 18 + Algemeen / potentieel: 9 = 95/100

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    Color: Deep opaque dark red. Aroma / bouquet: Seductive bouquet. For SQN wine a more classic Syrah bouquet. Dark fruit, blackberries, black currants combined with dark spiciness but also fresher spices like fresh mint and basil. Taste / Finish: Typical SQN-filling. What an impressive concentration. Soft acidity, strong but silky tannins, subtle alcoholic sweetness. Strength combined with elegance. Plums, soft sweet licorice. Nicely integrated wood. General / potential: Brilliant SQN Syrah. Impressive wine! 50+ Color: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 13 + Taste / Finish: 18 + General / potential: 9 = 95/100

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  • Dehrmann Likes this wine: (93 points)

    January 2, 2017 - Dark, black fruit, powerful nose, real Syrah...little depth and length though...

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  • BABLUES wrote: (97 points)

    December 17, 2016 - 6th Annual Christmas dinner and cellar raid (Naperville, IL): Part of Christmas Dinner and Cellar Raid, didn't take detailed notes. Not much you can say that hasn't already been said about this. Power and elegance in one package

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  • hackey37 Likes this wine: (94 points)

    December 10, 2016 - Ruby garnet color, dense opaque and good clarity. The smells are blackberry, blueberry, cherry jolly rancher, cedar, and green olive. Tastes are seductive with mild notes of sweet Asian spice, blueberries, blackberry, teah, vanilla, with soft tannins and plush texture. The finish is lengthy and very pleasurable.

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  • Christoffer78 wrote: (97 points)

    October 29, 2016 - The 2006 Raven Syrah from Sine Qua Non is a blend of 93% Syrah, 5% Grenache and 2% Viognier that spent just under two years on French oak. Being a product from one of those truly mythical producers in the world, it certainly goes from clarity to clarity when tasting. All Sine Qua Non wines are built like a solid rock and extremely powerful. What makes them stand out in this group is they are always carefully balanced and integrated. The best description is liquid velvet. If looking for one word to describe this wine it would actually be elegant and if adding a second word powerful elegance. The 2006 Raven Syrah exhibits the classical nose of dark perfectly ripe Syrah fruit, abundant sweet licorice, subtle dried flowers and a whiff of blueberries. Integration and multiple layers of complexity that emerge with some time in the glass are other hallmarks. There is spice, saddle leather and soft gentle dried tobacco leaves - after about three hours in the glass... The palate is perfectly integrated with a lovely texture and structure. Tannins are soft and silky and add to the experience in a lovely way together with an exquisitely balanced acidity. There is a more than a minute length on the finish and the wine lingers on even longer than that... This effort certainly has shown some clarity tonight. Always a memorable experience to taste SQN - this being the 31st time since 2010.

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Issue #10, 12/4/2011 (link) 96 points

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    November/December 2009, IWC Issue #147 (link)

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    November/December 2008, IWC Issue #141 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/7/2009 (link) 93 points

    (Sine Qua Non Syrah Raven Series) Very dark red violet color; big, Cali Syrah, roasted black fruit and green herb nose; big, roasted black fruit, herbal palate with depth; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2006
  • Type Red
  • Producer Sine Qua Non
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation Raven Series
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation California
  • UPC Code 1000000000162

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 62 (2%)
  • In Cellars 2,014 (56%)
  • Consumed 1,540 (43%)

Food Pairing

Antelope, Beef, Cheese, Game, Lamb

Who Likes This Wine

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