Red

2009 Sine Qua Non Syrah The Thrill of...

Syrah

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
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Community Tasting Notes 103

  • 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
  • bablues wrote: 97 points

    July 28, 2018 - My second time having this and this, which the first time was my first ever SQN. This bottled was just as great as that first experience. Decanted about 3 hours. The original nose off the decant was huge with all blueberries. After three hours poured the first glass and the nose was very similar, with not much complexity and all dark blue fruits. At first taste this was a party on the palate. The fruit was bursting through and it layered the mouth and tongue, which was delicious, and an easy 60-90 second finish. The initial nose was somewhat disappointed but as we drank this over the next 60-90 minutes this really opened up to be much more complex. The party in the mouth also got better and secondary flavors and balance, complexity really come on. The first glass I would have rated a really good to great Syrah, but as the night went on, this turned into a more classic SQN worthy of the praise hype. I am really starting to learn that SQN's really need a couple hours of air to show their best.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • brianngibson wrote: 95 points

    July 20, 2018 - Violets, licorice, black fruit, pepper. Long finish.

  • Cayoung wrote: 98 points

    July 17, 2018 - Dang!!

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2012, IWC Issue #165 (link)

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  • By Julia Harding, MW
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    California's Central Coast: Better than Ever (Aug 2012) (link)

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159 (link)

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    Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011) (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 1,912 (61%)
  • Consumed 1,172 (37%)

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