2017 Sine Qua Non Grenache The Gorgeous Victim


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
Drink between 2021 - 2039 (Edit)
CT96.7 31 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 25

  • sqn19 Likes this wine: 98 points

    November 26, 2021 - Double decant for 6 hours. Beautiful nose of bacon and dark fruits which carries through to palate. Silky smooth tannins. A big wine, but never heavy. Excellent.

    Last pour about 12 hours after opening: a streak of salinity has snuck into the palate, fruit has faded just a little bit.

  • pocchia Likes this wine:

    October 16, 2021 - PnP for first glass. At first pass this 2017 Gorgeous Victim is musty on the nose, opaque in the glass except around the edge, where just a hint of transparency shines through. On the palate, it’s shows depth of dark fruit and tight tannins with a long finish. Is that a flash of minerality or heat at the front of my palate, followed by a mellowing of flavors and round tannins mid-palate, then the loooong finish. My lips are tingling…. More to come after it’s had time to open up a bit.

    1.5 hours later…. The nose softened and freshened - is lighter and cleaner. On the palate it’s livelier on the front, juicier on the mid-palate and deepens on the back palate, still with a long finish. Tomorrow may/may not reveal other changes as it’s being stored in an Evo; may need to give it time to breathe. Until then…

  • MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 97 points

    September 4, 2021 - Decanted for several hours and actually very approachable from the start (much more so than Profuga). Still it’s very early with plenty of crunchy/chewy notes to the body. Blackberry, raspberry, vanilla, clove, anise, game and dried earth. Drank next to 2017 Prefert Charles and 2013 Erasmus and the Sine was easily the best. Not sure how Manfred pulls the kind of freshness on something so heavy.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Glenn228 Likes this wine:

    June 11, 2021 - Superb

  • tomoem Likes this wine: 96 points

    May 23, 2021 - Wow is this wine balanced. Aromas are intense focused and very modern. There are blackberry, cherry fruit, and smoked cedar in the aromatic palette . In mouth this wine is so well balanced between the tannin, acidity and fruit. In fact it is near perfect. Balance alone is a 95+ score. Flavors are rich, viscous and keeps you coming back but lack the richness of a great wine. Still

    Smoky, leathery, dark fruits, pepper, licorice, spicy. The next day another transformation, much more Grenache like—almost a candied apples flavor, less spice and more red fruit. Delicious.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2017
  • Type Red
  • Producer Sine Qua Non
  • Varietal Grenache
  • Designation The Gorgeous Victim
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Central Coast

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 99 (3%)
  • In Cellars 2,619 (83%)
  • Consumed 443 (14%)

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