Sine Qua Non 2005 Atlantis Syrah

 

100 point 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Syrah

"The ultimate “garage” winery, this operation’s back alley warehouse looks like a set scene from the movie Mad Max, but inside are the elixirs of dreams."
Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate 2008

Sine Qua Non - Latin for "Something Essential" or literally 'without which nothing'.  I am excited to offer you something essential or in this case, something extraordinary. The perfect 2005 Syrah Atlantis Fe 203-1a,b,c! 

There are no words that I can say to share with you all about Sine Qua Non! What I can do is take a few words from our world renowned wine critics! Think about drinking a 2005 SQN today! Are you having a Pavlov's response?

‘One of the world's most creative wineries, Sine Qua Non is turning out world-class wines of extraordinary complexity and individuality’.
Robert Parker Jr, Feb 2002

 

"Despite Krankl’s already lofty reputation, he continues to fine tune and build more nuances and complexity into his wines without sacrificing their intrinsic exuberance, purity, intensity, and individuality. I am increasingly convinced that no one in Australia, America, South America, or anywhere else in the New World makes a finer, more complex and compelling Grenache than Manfred Krankl." "His meticulous craftsmanship and phenomenal attention to detail, both in the vineyard and in the winery, have been increasingly noticeable over the last decade. He seemed to hit full stride about eight or nine years ago, and what has unfolded since then is an absolutely brilliant succession of true works of genius, both in his expressive, sometimes slightly abstract artwork on the labels, to the meticulously crafted wood boxes in which the wines are housed." Robert Parker

"There are also two renditions of Syrah, a long-aged offering that is essentially an hommage to Marcel Guigal’s single vineyard Cote Roties"
Robert Parker - the Wine Advocate June 2008

Upon receiving the The old vines of Scarecrow are highly prized for the uniquely rich fruit they produce. The perfect backbone for out-of-this-world Napa Cabernet, these wines are unlike anything you've ever had before. The acclaimed Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon has received five perfect 100-point scores from the acclaimed wine critic Robert Parker and continues to impress Napa Valley wine-lovers to this day.

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Critical Acclaim:

"The perfect 2005 Syrah Atlantis Fe 203-1a,b,c is a blend of 93% Syrah, 5% Grenache, and 2% Viognier, with 25% whole clusters... An extraordinarily flowery nose interwoven with scents of blueberries, blackberries, incense, and graphite soars from the glass. Although not the biggest or most concentrated Syrah Krankl has made, it is one of the most nuanced, elegant, and complex. It remains full-bodied, but builds incrementally on the palate, and comes across as elegant and delicate, especially when compared to many California Syrahs. Nevertheless, the intensity is mind-boggling, and the finish lasts for nearly a minute." RP Jun 2008

2005 Sine Qua Non 2005 Syrah Atlantis | Robert Parker 100

"The 2005 Grenache Atlantis Fe203-2a has been absolutely thrilling both times I have tasted it within the last year. A huge, vertical wine, Atlantis graces the palate with deep, voluptuous red fruit, crushed rocks, smoke, tobacco and mint. Even with all of its intensity and explosiveness, the wine remains light on its feet, with great balance and class to burn. The inclusion of whole clusters adds gorgeous lift and perfume, especially on the finish. At nearly ten years of age, the 2005 Grenache Atlantis is in a perfect spot right now and should continue to drink well for another 5-10 years, perhaps longer." AG June 2014

2005 Sine Qua Non 2005 Syrah Atlantis | Antonio Galloni 100

 

An Excerpt from: WASTED: A Vertical Tasting of the Sine Qua Non Grenache 1995-2009

Author: Robert M. Parker, Jr.

The Wine Advocate 196 August 2011

The conclusions I came to about this tasting may seem obvious just by reading the tasting notes. People forget that as famous as Sine Qua Non and both Elaine and Manfred Krankl have become over the last 15 years, their wines really only began to hit full world-class qualitative levels at the turn of the last century (2000).

The vineyard sources have largely changed from Alban, Stolpman, Bien Nacido, Shadow Canyon and White Hawk Vineyards to primarily estate vineyards Cumulus Vineyard in Ventura County and 11 Confessions Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills. In the future, Krankl’s newest vineyard in Alisos Canyon will be an additional component part.

His meticulous craftsmanship and phenomenal attention to detail, both in the vineyard and in the winery, have been increasingly noticeable over the last decade. He seemed to hit full stride about eight or nine years ago, and what has unfolded since then is an absolutely brilliant succession of true works of genius, both in his expressive, sometimes slightly abstract artwork on the labels,  to the meticulously crafted wood boxes in which the wines are housed. Of course, the most important thing of all, the actual wine itself, is both the beginning as well as the end for consumers, and where 100% of my focus and judgement are centered.

Grenache, as Krankl would be the first to say, is by far the most challenging grape varietal to make majestic wine from, and unequaled in difficulty by any other grape in the world except Nebbiolo. That’s why we see so little of it from great terroirs. High quality Grenache exists in northern Spain, southern France, parts of southern Italy and Sardinia, and in southern Australia, but rarely in California. This makes Krankl’s achievement all the more remarkable.

https://www.robertparker.com/articles/3AeFaZhrd26eJWFBk/wasted-a-vertical-tasting-of-the-sine-qua-non-grenache-1995-2009

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