Sine Qua Non

About Sine Qua Non

There really is no winery quite like Sine Qua Non (means “something essential”).  Manfred and Elaine Krankl followed in that noblest of Californian winery traditions in 1994, building one of the world's greatest estates from the ground up in Ventura County (Central Coast AVA). Founded from passion for the land and a relentless desire to produce simply the best wines that they could, Antonio Galloni (Vinous) declared that "the sheer drive for perfection and attention to detail at Sine Qua Non is something I have rarely witnessed anywhere else in the world".

Today, Sine Qua Non is probably the quintessential tiny production, cult winemaker, producing just 4,000 cases a year across a number of wines made from different vineyards.  The huge global demand is based on the critical acclaim for almost the winery produces.  It takes years to get onto the mailing list, and the wines almost never come back onto the market once purchased.  Older vintages are occasionally sold at auction for stratospheric prices.

Sine Qua Nons' Wines

Manfred Krankl (an Austrian immigrant in California) and his wines break all the rules.  There is no standard label, every wine is named differently (every year).  There is no marketing.  The wines are sold via mailing list and have grown via word of mouth (and critical acclaim).  Even the grapes are different – predominantly Rhône Valley varietals like Syrah and Grenache.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Sine Qua Non E & M Assortment Case 2015 (6x75cl)
HK$31,170.00
2015

Sine Qua Non E & M Assortment Case 2015 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

Each case contains three bottles each of: Sine Qua Non Syrah M 2015 3x75cl - 99 Points, Wine Advocate This is a single-vineyard Syrah-dominant blend coming from the Eleven Confessions Estate vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills. It bears Manfred Krankl’s initial and a provocative self-portrait on the label. The blend is 90.6% Syrah, 4.4% Petite Syrah, 2.6% Grenache and 2.4% Viognier. Forty-three percent was fermented using whole clusters. It was aged for around 38 months in French oak, 66% new. Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Syrah M starts off a little closed, slowly unfurling to show layer upon layer of savory notes: peppered salami, woodsmoke, marmite and black olives, beneath a profound core of preserved plums, blueberry coulis and Chinese five spice with fragrant touches of fenugreek, Sichuan pepper, crushed rocks and mossy bark. Exquisitely textured with firm, rounded tannins, the taut, full-bodied, muscular fruit is laced with seamless freshness, finishing with fantastic persistence. This is a Syrah for the long haul! Sine Qua Non Grenache E 2015 3x75cl – 100 Points, Wine Advocate This is a single-vineyard Grenache-dominated, barrel-selection blend coming from the Eleven Confessions Estate vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills. It bears Elaine Krankl’s initial and a portrait Manfred made of Elaine on the label. The blend is 82% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 5% Petite Syrah and 1% Viognier, and 56% was fermented using whole clusters. It was aged for around 38 months in French oak, 28% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Grenache E slides beguilingly out of the glass with a powerfully evocative, earthy/meaty nose of wood smoke, grilled meats, fragrant soil, truffles and iron ore with a core of kirsch, blackberry pie, Black Forest cake and aniseed plus touches of wild sage, rose hip tea and Indian spices. The palate is full-bodied, surprisingly muscular and built like a brick house with an unbelievable structure of very fine, densely pixilated tannins supporting the generous, multi-faceted layers, finishing with epic length, jaw-dropping texture and tons of cerebral mineral and spice nuances. WOW!
In Stock in Singapore

California 6x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$31,170.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case 2007 (2x300cl)
HK$98,015.00
2007

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case 2007 (2x300cl)
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

California 2x300cl 1 - HK$98,015.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Capo Dei Putti & Testa Dei Cherubini 2014 (6x75cl)
HK$28,835.00
2014

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Capo Dei Putti & Testa Dei Cherubini 2014 (6x75cl) Each case contains:

3x75cl Capo dei Putti Syrah 2014 - 99 points | Jeb Dunnuck

3x75cl Testa dei Cherubini Grenache 2014 - 99 points | Jeb Dunnuck

Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

California 6x75cl 2 - Read Review/Description HK$28,835.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, E & M 2015 (6x75cl)
HK$34,490.00
2015

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, E & M 2015 (6x75cl)
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

California 6x75cl 1 - HK$34,490.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Le Coeur Gagne 2013 (6x75cl)
HK$38,165.00
2013

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Le Coeur Gagne 2013 (6x75cl)
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

California 6x75cl 5 - HK$38,165.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Patine 2011 (6x75cl)
HK$39,760.00
2011

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Patine 2011 (6x75cl)

The Eleven Confessions vineyard is a 33-acre plot located in the Santa Rita Hills AVA, which is widely known to be a cool climate region. True to their spirit of being non-conformists, the Krankls chose to focus primarily on Rhône varietals, dedicating 22 aces to Syrah, Grenache and some Rhône whites - while leaving the remaining 11 acres to Pinot Noir planted by the former ranch owner. The cool climate allows a longer hang-time for the grapes to develop full phenolic ripeness. Also, the Krankls kept yields very low, resulting in the phenomenal concentration that their wines are well-known for.

 

Made of a blend of approximately 97% Syrah with Roussane and Viognier completing the blend, the 2011 Syrah Patine earned a massive 98 points from Jeb Dunnuck and 96 pointsfrom Antonio Galloni, delivering “Guigal La Landonne like aromas and flavors of graphite, sweet oak, smoked meats, pepper and black raspberry and cassis-like fruit " (Dunnuck). Galloni finds “mocha, plums, violets, bittersweet chocolate and dark spice” from this “deep, powerful and intense” wine that he thinks will drink well out to 2035.

1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

California 6x75cl 1 - Read Review/Description HK$39,760.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Subir & Pajarito Del Amor 2016 (6x75cl)
HK$33,760.00
2016

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Subir & Pajarito Del Amor 2016 (6x75cl)
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

California 6x75cl 1 - HK$33,760.00
Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Touche & Rattrapante 2012 (6x75cl)
HK$29,905.00
2012

Sine Qua Non Eleven Confessions Collectors Case, Touche & Rattrapante 2012 (6x75cl)
As per photos ,1889139 - Wax cap has come off not SIB Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

California 6x75cl 1 - HK$29,905.00
Sine Qua Non Just For The Love Of It 2002 (1x300cl)
HK$69,615.00
2002

Sine Qua Non Just For The Love Of It 2002 (1x300cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

A dead-ringer (at least aromatically) for Guigal’s single vineyard Cote Rotie La Mouline, the 2002 Just For The Love of It is the greatest California Syrah I have yet tasted. A one-thousand case blend of 96% Syrah, 2% Grenache, and 2% Viognier, it is nearly equal parts Alban, Bien Nacido, and Stolpman fruit with a small amount from both Shadow Canyon and White Hawk. It boasts a provocative perfume of creme de cassis, toast, blackberries, licorice, barbecue spice, and exotic floral scents. Extremely full-bodied, with fabulous intensity, great purity, awesome length, and a finish that lasts over a minute, this classic is a must purchase. Already accessible, it will drink well for 10-15 years.
As per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

California 1x300cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$69,615.00
Sine Qua Non Mr K Straw Man 2005 (1x37.5cl)
HK$1,860.00
2005

Sine Qua Non Mr K Straw Man 2005 (1x37.5cl)
As per photos ,1893655 - Repack case. Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

California 1x37.5cl 1 - HK$1,860.00
Sine Qua Non The Duel Syrah 2008 (1x75cl)
HK$6,295.00
2008

Sine Qua Non The Duel Syrah 2008 (1x75cl)

Wine Advocate (99)

A prodigious effort that possesses overflowing richness and depth, the 2008 Syrah The Duel (88% Syrah, 6% Grenache and 6% Viognier, all from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard) delivers an off-the-hook drinking experience with decadent cassis, blackberry, smoked meats, crushed flowers and hints of spice all soaring from the glass. A full-bodied, unctuous Syrah that stays fresh and elegant, with vibrant acidity, it needs a solid decant if drinking anytime soon and will see its 20th birthday in fine form. Drink now-2028.
In Stock in Singapore

California 1x75cl 1 99 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$6,295.00
Sine Qua Non The Gorgeous Victim & The Hated Hunter Assortment Case 2017 (2x150cl)
HK$14,435.00
2017

Sine Qua Non The Gorgeous Victim & The Hated Hunter Assortment Case 2017 (2x150cl)

Wine Advocate (97-100)

Each case contains one magnums each of: Sine Qua Non The Gorgeous Victim 2017 (1x150cl) - 98-100 Points, Wine Advocate The 2017 Grenache is a finished blend. Composed of 76% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 9% Syrah, 3.8% Petit Sirah and 1.2% Viognier, and the vineyard sources are: 46% Cumulus Estate, 29% Eleven Confessions Estate, 6% Molly Aida Estate, 17% The Third Twin Estate and 2% Bien Nacido Vineyard. It was aged for around 23 months in 23% new French oak, 48% used oak (various sizes) and 29% concrete, and 46% (mainly Grenache) was fermented using whole clusters. Medium garnet-purple, this young, bombastic Grenache explodes from the glass with the most incredible perfume: red roses, cinnamon stick, lilacs and crushed black cherries with chocolate box, aniseed, garrigue and dried herbs plus gentle waves of lavender, dusty soil and smoked meats. Full-bodied with an incredibly silky texture, the decadently fruited palate features amazing freshness and vibrancy, finishing with stacks of flavor layers and a provocatively savory/chewy lift coming from the use of whole cluster. Just. Magic. Sine Qua Non The Hated Hunter 2017 (1x150cl) - 97-100 Points, Wine Advocate Made exclusively from estate-grown fruit, the 2017 Syrah is composed of 82.4% Syrah, 5.2% Mourvèdre, 7.8% Petite Sirah, 2% Grenache, 1.2% Petit Manseng and 1.4% Viognier that was fermented with 26% whole cluster. The vineyard sources are 32% Eleven Confessions, 41% The Third Twin, 25% Cumulus and 2% Molly Aida. It is to be aged for around 23 months in French oak, 59% new. Deep garnet-purple, this nascent Syrah-dominant blend pings exuberantly out of the glass with a veritable POP—offering expressive notes of chocolate-covered cherries, blueberry compote, licorice, violets, black licorice, spice cake and tilled earth with hints of wild sage and tar. Full-bodied, super concentrated and wonderfully savory in the mouth, it features firm, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing very long and perfumed.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

California 2x150cl 1 97-100 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$14,435.00
Sine Qua Non The Gorgeous Victim 2017 (12x75cl)
HK$31,324.00
2017

Sine Qua Non The Gorgeous Victim 2017 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98-100)

The 2017 Grenache is a finished blend. Composed of 76% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 9% Syrah, 3.8% Petit Sirah and 1.2% Viognier, and the vineyard sources are: 46% Cumulus Estate, 29% Eleven Confessions Estate, 6% Molly Aida Estate, 17% The Third Twin Estate and 2% Bien Nacido Vineyard. It was aged for around 23 months in 23% new French oak, 48% used oak (various sizes) and 29% concrete, and 46% (mainly Grenache) was fermented using whole clusters. Medium garnet-purple, this young, bombastic Grenache explodes from the glass with the most incredible perfume: red roses, cinnamon stick, lilacs and crushed black cherries with chocolate box, aniseed, garrigue and dried herbs plus gentle waves of lavender, dusty soil and smoked meats. Full-bodied with an incredibly silky texture, the decadently fruited palate features amazing freshness and vibrancy, finishing with stacks of flavor layers and a provocatively savory/chewy lift coming from the use of whole cluster. Just. Magic.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

California 12x75cl 1 98-100 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$31,324.00
Sine Qua Non The Hated Hunter 2017 (12x75cl)
HK$30,190.00
2017

Sine Qua Non The Hated Hunter 2017 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97-100)

Made exclusively from estate-grown fruit, the 2017 Syrah is composed of 82.4% Syrah, 5.2% Mourvèdre, 7.8% Petite Sirah, 2% Grenache, 1.2% Petit Manseng and 1.4% Viognier that was fermented with 26% whole cluster. The vineyard sources are 32% Eleven Confessions, 41% The Third Twin, 25% Cumulus and 2% Molly Aida. It is to be aged for around 23 months in French oak, 59% new. Deep garnet-purple, this nascent Syrah-dominant blend pings exuberantly out of the glass with a veritable POP—offering expressive notes of chocolate-covered cherries, blueberry compote, licorice, violets, black licorice, spice cake and tilled earth with hints of wild sage and tar. Full-bodied, super concentrated and wonderfully savory in the mouth, it features firm, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing very long and perfumed.
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

California 12x75cl 2 97-100 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$30,190.00

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