2008 Sine Qua Non Syrah B 20


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
Drink between 2011 - 2022 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 180

  • Quiet Lion Likes this wine: 95 points

    September 19, 2020 - Decanted one hour. Pure, concentrated black fruit forms the core of this wine with notes of roasted meat, black pepper, licorice, and river rocks. This was my last of three bottles. It's become quite integrated and not quite as interesting but still wonderful. I don't see it improving from here so drink up.

  • Wim de Leeuw Likes this wine: 97 points

    July 5, 2020 - Vandaag geproefd, mede in verband met het naderende einde van de drinkbaarheidshorizon volgens WA. Er is geen reden tot paniek, deze wijn vertoont nog gen spoor van vermoeidheid, niet in de kleur, niet in de geur en al helemaal niet in de smaak. Volledig consistent met mijn proefnotities van 19-5-2019, 24-11-2012 en 10-12-2011.

    Tasted today, partly in connection with the impending end of the drinkability horizon according to WA. There is no need to panic, this wine still shows no trace of fatigue, not in the color, not in the smell and certainly not in the taste. Fully consistent with my tasting notes from 5/19/2019, 11/24/2012 and 10/12/2011.

  • VlgJeff Likes this wine: 94 points

    April 18, 2020 - Initial PnP: On the nose = some funk, some red fruit, and lots of earthy bramble. On the palate = Lots of charcoal, red and dark red fruit, and searing acidity.
    Decanted for only 40 minutes and the wine continued to open during the meal. Give it a decant of 1 hour or more to open, and to separate sediment.
    With air, the nose opened to blow off the funk, tone down the earthy bramble, and add more red berries. The medium plus bodied palate added lots more red berries and some blue fruit, plus good doses of spice and pepper. The acidity is medium plus, but needed to balance all of the fruit, while the tannins are completely integrated. A big wine that should hold for at least several more years.
    Marking (NOT celebrating!) one month of SIP.

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  • danielbleier Likes this wine: 96 points

    February 28, 2020 - Huge wine, with deep blackberry and blueberry notes back with cinnamon and grilled meat aromas.

  • Anonymous wrote: 93 points

    February 25, 2020 - An Awesome wine

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  • By Gary Walsh
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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Issue #10, 12/4/2011 (link)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011) (link)

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2010, IWC Issue #153 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Sine Qua Non
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation B 20
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Central Coast

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 91 (3%)
  • In Cellars 1,848 (52%)
  • Consumed 1,626 (46%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Beef, Cheese, Game, Lamb

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