2000 Sine Qua Non Incognito Grenache - 750ml

2000 Sine Qua Non Incognito Grenache - 750ml

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2000 Sine Qua Non Incognito Grenache - 100 pts!

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


Product Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 2000
Rating 100 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location Central Coast
Producer Sine Qua Non
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 100 RP - 2000 Sine Qua Non Incognito Grenache - 100 pts! The 2000 Incognito a blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah is the finest Grenache-based effort the Krankls have yet produced. A black/ruby/purple color is followed by a lavishly exotic nose of super-rich as well as super-ripe black cherries black currants blackberries licorice pepper and other heavenly delights. It is a wine of extraordinary opulence texture and purity with a finish that lasts 65+ seconds. Undeniably the greatest Grenache I have tasted from California it is a reference point for what can be achieved by someone pushing the envelope of quality at all stages - viticultural winemaking and cellar work. Kudos to the Krankls. It should drink well for 10-15 years but who can resist it that long? RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 2000
Rating 100 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location Central Coast
Producer Sine Qua Non
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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