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2006 Sine Qua Non Syrah Raven Series

Syrah

  • USA
  • California
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Community Tasting Notes 165

  • Cabernet4me2 Likes this wine: (95 points)

    April 29, 2016 - Tasting 4 PnP SQN's almost side by side, is like splitting hairs, each one seemingly upping the next.

    Again just a dark, almost black in glass purple with a less heat than the '07 Labels, but similar in palate. I seemed to get more Dark Red Fruit from this but still with the underlying Black as the base. Chocolate Covered Dark Cherries, Red Current, Strawberry with Black Current and Roasted Plum. Had that same but more subtle Black Pepper notes mixed with a butcher shop Meatiness that kept you wanting more even a little BBQ like quality, along with black licorice, cocoa and vanilla. Seem to be a bit more polished, if you could make that stretch with any SQN and a finish that seemed like forever, some definite mouth coating tannins!! Was sad to see the bottle gone as would have loved to see how this one would have evolved over a few hours.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Dopas Likes this wine: (94 points)

    April 22, 2016 - Picking up. Fruity Nose. Very long finish ...

  • bengti Likes this wine: (93 points)

    February 20, 2016 - Big and Bold Dinner @Shelter In the Woods (Greenwood Ave Singapore): 4 hour decant what first came out was heavy on alcohol vapor and sawdust and cardboard. In the first 40 mins it came to some semblance of the signature candied grapes, super fine spice and smooth leather chocolate concoction M+E produce. Then sat in decanter till poured through mains for dinner. Unusually it had port like characteristics at this stage, slightly heavy and viscous but still giving off plenty of fruit power and balance. Secondary heat was perfect to expand flavours in the mouth and taper to a long nice finish. I suspect had it sat for another hour it would be more on form. Do try to do that. Else I think it's consistent with pro reviews of 93-96, a great wine but less a superstar compared to Ode to E, Mightnight Oil, Atlantis etc.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • hoservin Likes this wine: (95 points)

    January 23, 2016 - Aerated with a Vinturi and decanted for two hours. Nose of blackberry, black plum, chocolate, licorice, coffee, vanilla and black pepper. A rich black and blue fruit core integrated with chocolate, underbrush, licorice and vanilla notes on the palate. Full bodied, dense and mouth coating. Waves and waves of flavor. Paired with filet mignon and a brandy cream sauce.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Burgundy Al wrote: (93 points)

    December 12, 2015 - US Wine Dinner with Friends (Paris Club - Chicago IL): Popped and poured, then consumed over a couple of hours. Ripe black cherry and plum, liqueur, cloves, allspice, black pepper, and background floral hints. Same flavor profile. Good structure and balance, particularly once open 15-30 minutes. Best taste was the last.

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

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2009, IWC Issue #147 (link)

    (Sine Qua Non Syrah The Raven Series California) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Josh Raynolds
    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 57 (2%)
  • In Cellars 2,037 (59%)
  • Consumed 1,387 (40%)

Food Pairing

Antelope, Beef, Cheese, Game, Lamb

Who Likes This Wine

100% Like It  34 votes