2009 Sine Qua Non On The Lam

White Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Santa Barbara County
Drink between 2012 - 2017 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 113

  • Mrbuzz Likes this wine: 97 points

    December 7, 2019 - 48% Roussanne, 34% Chardonnay and 18% Viognier from the Eleven Confessions and Bien Nacido vineyards. At the 10 year mark, a tremendous showing! EVOO viscosity...shimmering gold and green metallic color...nose explodes with butter rum spice, apricot jam, candied pineapples, match strike, exotic white honey butter, honeysuckle florals. Rich and creamy, again, evoo viscosity in the mouth...yet a citrus freshness that gives it a good acidic tang and cut through the richness. SO complex and layered with amazing flavors as the nose...as well as lychee florals, white pepper spice...a honeycomb waxiness, slight char of wood...amazing length and balance...not weighty at all. WOW...so so sorry to see this last bottle go...but what an exit!

  • Wim de Leeuw Likes this wine: 95 points

    December 25, 2018 - Kleur: Diep goudgeel, bijna de kleur van een licht gerijpte Sauternes Aroma / bouquet: KLABOEM, want subtiliteit en Sine Qua Non gaan niet samen ;-). Deze wijn (48% Roussanne, 34% Chardonnay and 18% Viognier) zou elke wijn uit de Zuidelijke-Rhône in haar schaduw plaatsen en biedt een explosie van even intense als complexe geurindrukken. Boterbabbelaars, vanille, boenwas, overrijp steenfruit als perzik en abrikoos, verfijnd hout, kaneel. Het houdt niet op. Smaak / Afdronk: Super-geconcentreerd, dik-sappig en filmend mondgevoel, gelaagd. Retronasale indrukken van cederhout, kaneel, roomboter en boenwas. Zachte zuurgraad waarbij de ongelofelijke concentratie en vulling tegenwicht biedt tegen het zeker voor een witte wijn royale alcoholgehalte van 15,5%. Geen culinaire eetwijn, deze wijn is eten en drinken tegelijkertijd. Algemeen / potentieel: Wat een feest, wat een krachtpatser. De laatste fles uit de kelder. In lichte paniek. Want deze wijn kom ik ook in 2019 en 2020 nog graag een keer tegen ;-). 50 + Kleur: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 13 + Smaak / Afdronk: 18 + Algemeen / potentieel: 9 = 95/100

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    Color: Deep golden yellow, almost the color of a slightly ripened Sauternes Aroma / bouquet: KABOOOMMMM, because subtlety and Sine Qua Non do not go together ;-). This wine (48% Roussanne, 34% Chardonnay and 18% Viognier) would put any wine from the Southern Rhône in its shadow and offers an explosion of both intense and complex fragrance impressions. Butter babblers, vanilla, polishing wax, overripe stone fruit such as peach and apricot, refined wood, cinnamon. It does not stop. Taste / Finish: Super-concentrated, thick-juicy and filming mouthfeel, layered. Retronasal impressions of cedar, cinnamon, butter and wax. Soft acidity in which the unbelievable concentration and filling counterbalances the definitely generous alcohol content of 15.5% for a white wine. No culinary eating wine, this wine is food and drink at the same time. General / potential: What a party, what a powerhouse. The last bottle from the cellar. In mild panic. Because this wine I would also like to meet again in 2019 and 2020 ;-). 50 + Color: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 13 + Taste / Finish: 18 + General / potential: 9 = 95/100

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  • Rosengoo wrote: 92 points

    December 1, 2018 - This wine was chilled for 45 minutes prior to opening. It was clear and straw yellow in colour with a nose and flavours of lemon and orange citrus mixed with a slight aftertaste of butterscotch. The wine was quite good but there wasn't a long or noticeable finish to it.

  • wineismylife wrote: 94 points

    November 16, 2018 - WIML94

    Tasted non blind.

    Light yellow to yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of ash, flint, yellow pear and a hint of vanilla. Flavors of creme, yellow pear and nutmeg. Medium acidity, full bodied. Drink now.

  • Elpaninaro Likes this wine:

    November 16, 2018 - Judging by the "old world"/"new world" paradigm- or more appropriately in this case I think, "Vineyard" vs "Man"- I should be one of those people who does not like Sine Qua Non. But the truth is I find them quite enjoyable. They are always fun and always something new. It has taken me time to see it, but I think it is a complete rejection of the notion of site and the full embrace of the magic that can be made in the winery. Naturally this puts a great burden on the winery- but happily the Krankls seem to know exactly what they are about, and I always enjoy the result.

    young moderately deep yellow color, on the nose quite a lot of oak but also strong grass and melon notes, soft citrus tones, on the palate a great depth of melon and lemongrass fruit with white mineral edges, fine length, an assertive and unapologetically hedonistic wine, some heat on the finish, the classic rules do not really apply here- very much a love it or leave it kind of wine, this classic palate finds it great fun. ***+, seems ready to go to me, but time in hand. It might even develop further, but given my infrequent experiences with SQN and its singular style which makes it hard to find peer comparisons, specific predictions are difficult.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type White
  • Producer Sine Qua Non
  • Varietal White Blend
  • Designation On The Lam
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Santa Barbara County

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 38 (2%)
  • In Cellars 779 (36%)
  • Consumed 1,342 (62%)

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