Red

2009 Sine Qua Non Syrah The Thrill of...

Syrah

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
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Community Tasting Notes 106

  • Burgundy Al wrote: 94 points

    August 17, 2019 - SQN & BBQ (The Krengels - Bannockburn IL): Black cherry and berry with mostly sweet spice, dark chocolate and liqueur hints. Rich start stays big and burly, but wonderful balance comes through middle forward. Very good now, upside from here.

  • Burgundy Al wrote:

    May 26, 2019 - A Few Wines with BBQ (Chez Whitehead - Northbrook IL): Tasted double blind after it was popped-decanted-and-poured. I thought it needed so much more air that it came across as harsh, backward and tightly wound. Better 30 minutes later when re-tasted, but this was oddly nowhere near the level of previous bottles.

  • Quiet Lion Likes this wine: 97 points

    May 24, 2019 - Decanted and served. Singing spectacularly from the start. Intense, focused, concentrated Syrah with delicious sweetness, chewy tannins, long finish. Much more approachable than the glass I had two years ago. There's not a lot of complexity in this vintage but the fruit is just wonderful and it's so well made despite a touch of heat from the alcohol. Very enjoyable.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • mye Does not like this wine:

    September 24, 2018 - This is just not my style. Deep purple.. Extremely density and weight.
    Super heavy on the alcohol side.. dammmmmn.

    Nope, not my thing. will look to sell the few btls of SQN I own.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • JonnyG Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 26, 2018 - One Fun-Filled Afternoon Spent Poolside with Friends (Los Olivos, CA): So dense and concentrated, and while that’s no surprise, I found this as monolithic and unyielding a Sine Qua Non as I’ve had, even when revisited two days later. More blue and black fruit than red, showing a bit green, with the Viognier evident as well. Just too intense. Maybe with time?

    Addendum: It took four days for this wine to open. That was anything left from a bottle that usually gets drained the most quickly tells you how inward and shutdown the wine was on Sunday, and no movement Monday or Tuesday. So here we are Wednesday, and there are some very good signs of life: dark blue and black fruit, smoke, and chewy tannins that expand on the finish. Patience required.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2012, IWC Issue #165 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Sine Qua Non
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation The Thrill of...
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Central Coast

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  • Pending Delivery 42 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,885 (60%)
  • Consumed 1,224 (39%)

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