2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah Ziehharmonika


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
Drink between 2023 - 2039 (Edit)
CT97.4 27 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 23

  • Winedog1 Likes this wine: 97 points

    November 27, 2021 - Strawberry French candy (pate de fruit). Very feminine start. Grows more powerful. White and black pepper. More strawberry… fancy strawberry jam… or better yet, jelly. So much better on day two. This is a must decant. Still probably my least favorite SQN though.

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  • canan wrote: 96 points

    October 10, 2021 - Packed with blueberry/blackberry fruit but with a very elegant touch. There is clearly vanilla and a some flowers/spices but also a wonderful intensity.
    The length is long and elegant with a very impressive acidity. It is clearly very primary but the elegance that it shows indicates great things for this wine. By elegant, I do not mean that it lacks fruit but simply that everything is has a wonderful balance and the fruit it not dense and the wine is not overdone in any way. Absolutely stunning!

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • eschuldt wrote: 95 points

    September 23, 2021 - PnP based on where it is now, needs time to integrate.

  • Isaac L wrote: 98 points

    September 10, 2021 - PnP at Park90 and scored on the basis of the wine's quality and the pleasure of the drinking experience. I tend to avoid SQN as I'm not a fan of heady wines, but this was perfectly balanced and firing on all cylinders. Intense and complex, this is a multilayered wine. Olive tapenade, tobacco, dark fruit, spices, bramble, and a faint vegetal note accompanied by a lick of menthol. It wore its 15.8% alcohol seamlessly and while obviously concentrated, the wine remained light on its feet. As someone else mentioned, the finely grained tannins are present but not obtrusive. Stylistic preference aside, it's hard to fault this wine. Fully open for business albeit in a primary phase. Going to go out on a limb and give this my highest CT rating to date (with the aforementioned caveats). Super.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • fdub Likes this wine: 97 points

    August 21, 2021 - Bam! This is big round and lush with deep powerful intense aromatics. Multilayered mouthfeel with perfectly ripe and fine grained tannins. Massive but somehow retains balance.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • Type Red
  • Producer Sine Qua Non
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation Ziehharmonika
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Central Coast

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 266 (7%)
  • In Cellars 3,419 (85%)
  • Consumed 330 (8%)

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