1999 Sine Qua Non Syrah The Marauder


  • USA
  • California
Drink between 2004 - 2018 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 36

  • Frank Schneider wrote: 98 points

    January 1, 2019 - I have no idea of baseball at all. But this wine is a benchmark of how cool a great wine can be. Won t ever guessed 99 in a blind tasting. So young and fresh. High acidity. Big red fruits but not fat or heavy. This is a killer in any Hermitage tasting ! Thank you Manfred !!!!!

  • bengti Likes this wine: 99 points

    November 29, 2017 - SQN Big Guns Night, Beefbar HK. SQN In Extremis.

    The intricate label on the bottle should not make you prefer a wine over another with no regard to tasting it, but maybe an exception for this wine can be made. It’s got it all - fluid action, perspective, drama, tension - a gorgeous snapshot of actors amidst something significant. And I don’t even understand baseball.

    The same can be said about how this wine is showing - it is a knockout now. A super sophisticated and intense nose of dark cherries, blackberries, tobacco, cigar shavings, charred game, autumn brush, lavender - the list goes on.

    Palette was equally impressive, precise concentrated fruit with notes of smoked meats, candied apples, almonds, bacon, jam compress, hint of sweet cinnamon. Extraordinarily refined tannins make its long finish something to savour. It has substantive weight yet feels feather light on its feet. With its age, the wine has almost fully resolved its alcohol and is open, cool and integrated. An extraordinary bottle by any standards. Close contender for WOTN.

    This wine shows no sign of weakening but has got to be fully mature now, so it worth picking up to experience if you come across it in the secondary market.

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  • AllRed wrote: 94 points

    October 10, 2015 - Memphis SQN Dinner (Erling Jensen, Memphis, TN): Faded crimson color with aromas of pepper, cinnamon and red berry fruit. Fully-integrated and nicely balanced, this has plenty of fruit on the palate. Hints of spice, vanilla and licorice in the finish. If one was unsure how an SQN would age, as I was, the answer is- very well. This was balanced and complex, offering whatever you could want in an aged wine. 94+ pts.

  • CO_Roots13 wrote: 98 points

    October 10, 2015 - My #2 wine (out of 16)! Outsanding and remarkable in every way. Very expressive and complex nose of black pepper, cardamom, vanilla and earthy anisette. Full bodied, yet balanced and smooth on the palette with jammy fruit and earty and spicy tertiary notes. The finish is extremely long and maintains balance through out the experience. Truely remarkable.

  • VeronicaXu Likes this wine: 94 points

    May 8, 2015 - When opened, herbal vegetal and some ripe cassis note on the background. Great fruit concentration. Silly smooth tannins. Long long finish. I was trying to understand this Syrah, definitely different from the Northern Rhone style that I'm more familiar with. Had this with steak.


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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2001, IWC Issue #99 (link)

    (Sine Qua Non The Marauder Red Wine) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Richard Jennings
    8/17/2003 (link) 91 points

    (Sine Qua Non Syrah The Marauder) Grapey, liqueur, herbaceous nose; concentrated, cassis, rounded palate; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1999
  • Type Red
  • Producer Sine Qua Non
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation The Marauder
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation California

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 15 (4%)
  • In Cellars 217 (51%)
  • Consumed 191 (45%)

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