1995 Sine Qua Non The Bride White Blend - 750ml

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1995 SQN The Bride White Blend - 1st Vintage!!

Sine Qua Non is one of California's most famous wine producers. Based just north of Los Angeles in Ventura County, and with most of its vineyards in Santa Barbara, it eschews the usual image of top California wine as being only from Napa Valley. That is not the only thing eschewed at Sine Qua Non – the same wine is rarely made more than once, turning the idea of the American icon wine on its head.

The cult winery specializes in Rhône grape varieties, with most of the red wines based on Syrah and Grenache. White wines are typically based on Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier and are also modelled after Rhône wines. While most of Sine Qua Non's vineyards are located in Santa Barbara, the home vineyard (and the winery) is located in Oak View. Many of the wines are labeled under the more generic California and Central Coast AVAs, rather than the specific AVAs the vineyards are located in, giving more freedom when it comes to blending.

Sine Qua Non's first vintage was 1994, as Austrian-born winemaker Manfred Krankl released three barrels of Syrah as "Queen of Spades" with a label he had designed himself. Previously, Krankl had made wines with other winemakers – including the "Black and Blue" wine with Havens Cellars and several wines with John Alban of Alban Vineyards. After releasing Queen of Spades, Krankl sent a bottle to Robert Parker, who promptly gave the wine 95 points – then the highest he'd given any American wine based on a Rhône variety

From Sine Qua Non's original release letter in January of 1997:

"The Bride"

"It is a roughly equal blend of Chardonnay and Roussanne. Both were grown by our friend John Alban in the Central Coast's Edna Valley, a wonderfully cool growing region. The wine was barrel fermented, went through 100% malolactic fermentation & after having been left in barrel for nearly 14 months we finally hand bottled it at the end of November of last year. The wine was never racked until bottling & it is unfined and unfiltered. The result? Well lets just say it is one juicy, succulent bride, if we may say so ourselves.

The label, as always, was made by Manfred & is a linoleum cut. If you notice  on the menu board: The Wedding of Chardonnay & Roussanne at Sine Qua Non 1995.

Only 180 cases were produced."


Product Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1995
Rating NR
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location South Coast
Producer Sine Qua Non
Color White
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating

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Wine Spectator 1995 Sine Qua Non The Bride White Blend - 1st Vintage!! Luscious. This intriguing blend is packed with passion fruit, citrus, fig and melon flavors, backed by bright acidity and a serious dose of sweet oak. Exotic and yummy. Chardonnay and Roussanne. 

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Winery Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1995
Rating NR
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location South Coast
Producer Sine Qua Non
Color White
Production
180 cases

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