2015 Sine Qua Non Syrah "M" Eleven Confessions Vineyard


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
Drink between 2020 - 2041 (Edit)
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  • WineBurrowingWombat Likes this wine: 98 points

    July 25, 2020 - Nose: [55°] A greeting of purple flowers, clean wet oak and a clean running river bed. [58°] Deep black earth and a tiny dab of spice (or could be heat, hard to tell). [64°] The wet oak becomes dry, deep earth shows more with sweet and ripe blackberries. With time, undergrowth appears with brown branches, brush and tree bark.

    Palate: [58°] Lots of black fruits like blackberries, black cherries, black currants, lots of juiciness but very well tamed. [64°] Black, dark fruits stay vigilant with time (and seem to show shades of purple), never losing focus, smooth deep earth, dull/aged oak (not a bad thing here), sophisticated undergrowth with pleasant bitterness and slightly savory minerals linger on the finish.

    Attributes: Really dark ruby. Dry with medium to medium-plus amounts of grainy tannin. Medium to medium-plus body with medium to medium-plus acidity (great integration if it's on the higher end). Good finish of at least 16-18+ seconds.

    Thoughts: Lots of dark and black fruit and surprisingly not that much heat shows for 16.2% alc. It shows only just a bit on the finish - lower percentaged(?) alcochol reds I've had before showed way hotter for less %. Great concentration of fruit but I would never call this a fruit bomb (that has a negative connotation, right?). Great execution of flavors and really enjoyable. Kinda crazy how this is a Syrah. This also took a lot less time to open up, almost good straight from the bottle. Such great showing of black fruit here. I'm hoping time can temper the slight bit of heat. 98+

    Other notes: Bordeaux glass. Slow-ox'ed in bottle for the duration of consumption over 4 hours, decant if necessary.

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  • Lord of the Bottles Likes this wine:

    June 24, 2020 - Brief decant. Very closed for a few minutes then opened up with black fruit, chalky red fruit, aniseed and bitter cherry. Still seems way too young with alcoholic heat and sulphur on the finish towards the last glass.

  • Winedog1 Likes this wine: 98 points

    December 25, 2019 - This is very similar to NOK. However, it is perhaps more complex. The age of the bottle may contribute here. Dark fruits. Vanilla. Glycerin. Silky.

  • mtolerico Likes this wine: 99 points

    December 22, 2019 - A bit tight as a PnP, massive black fruit, blackberry, plum, black cherry, black currant, huge black licorice throughout the mid-palate, anise, five spice, cinnamon, squid ink, asphalt, the flavor just goes on and on with a silky smooth profile and a finish that lasts over a minute. There's a bit of heat on the finish that's covered up for the most part with the massive fruit. That's impressive at 16.2% alcohol... One of the best wines of the year. Needs some air!

  • csimm1161 wrote: 99 points

    December 10, 2019 - Stunning purple and black fruit lead a formidable but sophisticatedly succulent push on the front-end delivery of the SQN “M” Syrah. Flanked by notes of blackberry, black olives, creosote, melted licorice, old tree bark, black rock, Asian spices, and hints of roast beef and violets, the core of the M is stunningly penetrating on the palate; deeply concentrated, but with a silky execution that makes for a sexy and sophisticated mouthfeel.

    Considering the velvet elongation and expansion of flavor on the mid-palate, this stays incredibly focused, with a layered distribution of flavors that offers intention and purpose without sacrificing just the right amount of hedonism and succulence. Crescendos with a soft, rolling thunder finish.

    This is just what I want in a SQN Syrah, and it is a near-flawless example of the varietal on the domestic front. With air, it gains even more synchronicity. A wine to drink now if you offer it a chance to breathe, or better yet, hold for a few years minimum, ideally in an effort to extract every last little kernel of awesomeness from it (as I’ve found that SQNs typically start to really optimize at the 7-8+ year-from-vintage mark). Try again in 2022+. A potentially perfect score here with a little more time. 99+ points.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • Type Red
  • Producer Sine Qua Non
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation "M"
  • Vineyard Eleven Confessions Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Central Coast

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  • Pending Delivery 144 (7%)
  • In Cellars 1,822 (84%)
  • Consumed 207 (10%)

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