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2001 Sine Qua Non Midnight Oil

Syrah Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
Drink between 2007 - 2016 (Edit)
CT94.4 169 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 148

  • Peech Likes this wine: 96 points

    December 14, 2021 - Opened 3 hours before serving. Much more jammy, smoky, minty, with toasty oak. Soooo smooth around 4 hours after opening.

  • jlgnml Likes this wine: 94 points

    February 27, 2021 - Decant for 4 hours and served with smoked baby back ribs. Beautifully balance wine with a long finish. Had this for the, That Bottle Night.

  • dcwino wrote: 94 points

    December 19, 2020 - Fully mature nose displaying concentrated slightly dry black and blue fruit, blackberry liqueur, black cherry, blueberry pie, beef blood, tobacco, leather, dark spices and earth. Fully integrated palate, layers upon layers of concentrate blue fruit, slightly chewy, rich and warm, bright acidity and mineral, and a long ripe black and blue fruit driven finish with charred steak and leather at the end. This is fully mature but no need to hurry as there is plenty of fruit.

  • BerkeleyBoy Likes this wine: 94 points

    November 17, 2020 - I opened this for Loretta's birthday and had gone to great expense to purchase this bottle at a K&L auction six months ago. It had a couple of wraps of cellophane around the closure, perhaps to prevent the cork from drying out. If so, it didn't do much good because the cork disintegrated into smithereens when I tried to pull it out and I had to decant and filter the remnants out. What a mess!
    Surprising, the wine was delicious, but I suspect that it was past its prime given that I've heard that 10 years is perfect for this grower. Nevertheless, we both enjoyed the cornucopia of flavors as it went very well with filet mignon with a wine reduction sauce, potatoes and broccoli rabe.

  • the godfather wrote:

    November 14, 2020 - Plenty of life left on this, in a great spot, a pleasure to taste 13 years later

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Bonus Reviews, 9/21/2007 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    8/12/2009 (link) 94 points

    (Sine Qua Non Midnight Oil) Dark red violet color; deep, sandalwood incense, blueberry, blackberry, tar, graphite nose; tasty, tart black fruit, blackberry, pepper and graphite palate with depth; long finish 94+ pts. (easy WOTF and group's WOTN)

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/14/2007 (link) 93 points

    (Sine Qua Non Midnight Oil) Rich red violet color; sweet blackberry, raspberry, caramel and prune nose; concentrated, raspberry coulis, kirsch and licorice palate, with some reduction; medium-plus finish 93+ pts. (a flawed bottle, probably heat damaged; Jonathan and David noticed the seepage, and the palate showed some reduction)

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/27/2004 (link) 94 points

    (Sine Qua Non Midnight Oil) Beautiful deep blueberry, plum, black fruit nose; really good, deep, blueberry, black fruit palate with big sweet tannins; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2001
  • Type Red
  • Producer Sine Qua Non
  • Varietal Syrah Blend
  • Designation Midnight Oil
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Central Coast

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 2 (0%)
  • In Cellars 762 (45%)
  • Consumed 930 (55%)

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