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2003 Sine Qua Non Papa
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RP 97 to 99 Krankl produced a whopping 860 cases of the 2003 Papa, a blend of 97% Syrah, 2% Mourvedre, and 1% Grenache from such vineyards as White Hawk, Alban, Shadow Canyon, Bien Nacido, Alta Mesa, and Eleven Confessions. One of the most aromatically compelling offerings in SQN’s portfolio, it exhibits an extraordinary nose of spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries, camphor, and a meaty undertone. A decadently rich, lavishly fruity, full-bodied 2003 boasting tremendous purity as well as a stunningly long, 60-second finish, it will be gorgeous to drink young, but will easily age for 12-15 years. The world’s most profound wines are always made by the same kind of people ... artists, craftspeople, revolutionaries, and traditionalists who have one overwhelming trait in common ... they are irrefutably dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, and their hearts, souls, and enormous talents are reflected in wines of singular personality and achievement. There are never any compromises, so it is no surprise that what takes place in these cellars is the transformation of a commonplace beverage into a form of drinkable art! Manfred Krankl and his charming wife, Elaine (referred to by Krankl as “E”), are on a roll given what has emerged from their funky warehouse/garage winery located in what looks like a discarded Hollywood set from the movie Mad Max. Finding a bottle or two of Sine Qua Non is no easy task since virtually all these wines are sold to longtime mailing list clients as well as the country’s finest upscale restaurants. However, some relief is in sight as Krankl is beginning to get fruit from his own Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills. Moreover, he planted another vineyard in Ventura County on a bald outcropping that should produce some fascinating Rhone varietals. The upcoming releases all reveal Krankl’s magic touch, and like some of the finest wineries working with Rhone varietals, Manfred Krankl is a creative blender, recognizing that blends generally result in more nuances and flavor complexity than a single varietal cuvee.
 
 
Price: $495.00
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