2001 Sine Qua Non The Albino White Blend - 750ml

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2001 SQN The Albino White Blend - 95 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 2001
Rating RP95/WS91/ST89
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location Central Coast
Producer Sine Qua Non
Color White
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating RP95 - The 2001 Albino (46% Chardonnay, 40% Roussanne, and 14% Viognier) emerged primarily from John Alban's vineyard in Arroyo Grande as well as the Stolpman Vineyard. Possessing fabulous intensity (it actually should be decanted 30-45 minutes prior to serving), it is a full-bodied white offering aromas of lychee nuts, citrus oils, honeysuckle, and rose petals. Fabulously rich and well-delineated in spite of its large size (15.1% natural alcohol), it is surprisingly light on its feet, and finishes with considerable zestiness. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years. RP

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Wine Spectator WS91

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Winery Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 2001
Rating RP95/WS91/ST89
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location Central Coast
Producer Sine Qua Non
Color White
Wine Type Table

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