2003 Sine Qua Non Boots, Pasties, Scanty Panties and a Ten Gallon Hat Rousanne - OWC 2 x 375ml

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2003 Sine Qua Non Boots, Pasties, Scanty Panties and a Ten Gallon Hat Rousanne - 96 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 Roussanne
Vintage 2003
Rating 96 RP
Bottle Size 2 x 375ml
Bottle Quantity 2
Country USA
Region California
Location California
Producer Sine Qua Non
Color White
Wine Type Dessert

Robert Parker

Rating 96 RP - The 2003 Boots, Pasties, Scanty Panties and a Ten Gallon Hat is 100% Roussanne from the Alban Vineyard that has been botrytised. Its gold color is accompanied by huge notes of orange marmalade and honeysuckle, superb texture, purity and richness, and remarkable acidity providing freshness as well as definition. The residual sugar is a whopping 370 grams per liter and the total acidity is 13.6 grams per liter ... astonishing statistics. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Roussanne
Vintage 2003
Rating 96 RP
Bottle Size 2 x 375ml
Bottle Quantity 2
Country USA
Region California
Location California
Producer Sine Qua Non
Color White
Wine Type Dessert

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