1996 Sine Qua Non Against the Wall

Syrah Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
Drink between 2003 - 2015 (Edit)
CT93.8 34 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 31

  • europat55 wrote: 94 points

    November 2, 2019 - Nose: A Palate: A- (Tasted blind)

  • ews3 wrote: 93 points

    April 23, 2017 - this bottle was concerning to me because the cork was soaked 2/3 of the way up. over 20 years old now, this showed very fresh, with some fresh fruit still present, much to my surprise. red and black cherry, smoke, hint of dried leaves, leather. long finish shows some nice acids and fully resolved tannins.

  • mclancy10006 wrote:

    September 17, 2016 - Way past its prime. I would be drinking this right away if I had any left.

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  • Peech wrote:

    March 28, 2016 - served 1 hour after decanting. A little chalky on the first whiff, kinda dirty. Unfortunately this never went away for the rest of the evening. A little savory mineral, then showed coconut and vanilla oak. Later on more savory again with soy sauce. Very smooth on the palate. Second pour showing some cooked fruit, a little more smoky and a little leather. Unfortunately this probably suffered from some bottle shock as it was only allowed to rest for 2 days after a flight.

  • canan wrote: 96 points

    May 9, 2015 - SQN - Legends: The wine is clearly showing its age and has notes of earthiness and smoke but still with a solid, but mature fruit core.
    It is a great pleasure to taste a SQN with some maturity to the fruit but in this case it is perhaps not the best example as it was starting to show the tendency to be a bit tired.
    Still a very solid and balanced wine

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

    (Sine Qua Non Against the Wall California) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Sine Qua Non
  • Varietal Syrah Blend
  • Designation Against the Wall
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Central Coast

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 12 (3%)
  • In Cellars 240 (58%)
  • Consumed 165 (40%)

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