Sine Qua Non Lightmotif Roussanne Blend 2014

$169.99

97 Points                                          Limited new white release from cult producer Sine Qua Non. 97 Points Robert Parker:  "Starting with the whites and a rich, thrillingly concentrated and unctuous wine from Manfred, the 2014 White Wine Lightmotif is made from 47% Roussanne, 21% Chardonnay, 14% Petite Manseng, 11% Viognier and 7% Marsanne that spent 19 months in a combination of concrete eggs, new French oak, neutral barrels and a tiny portion in stainless steel. Coming from close to equal parts Eleven Confessions, Cumulus and Bien Nacido vineyards, this beauty sports a medium gold color to go with a rich, layered profile that carries tons of ripe peach, honeycomb, pineapple, flowers and citrus. Pure, elegant and silky on the palate, with full-bodied richness, it never puts a foot wrong, is ethereally textured and has a great finish. Drink it anytime over the coming decade."

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Ratings on Delectable

LM Segal Delectable Pro

Powerful essence of freshly sun-baked hay infused with ripe melon, notes of caramelized pineapple. Richly built and round, doesn’t fit in any typical box for a white but simply breathtaking.

Powerful essence of freshly sun-baked hay infused with ripe melon, notes of caramelized pineapple. Richly built and round, doesn’t fit in any typical box for a white but simply breathtaking.

9.6

David L Delectable Pro

14’ SQN Lightmotif. Close to a PnP, small decanting/30 min in the glass certainly helps. Serving this at cellar temperature is the way to go. Rich, medium + bodied powerhouse of a wine. Dense & tropical fruits. Lingering layers & acidity that will take this wine to possible another level. Drinking now, possibly better in a year or three!?!

14’ SQN Lightmotif. Close to a PnP, small decanting/30 min in the glass certainly helps. Serving this at cellar temperature is the way to go. Rich, medium + bodied powerhouse of a wine. Dense & tropical fruits. Lingering layers & acidity that will take this wine to possible another level. Drinking now, possibly better in a year or three!?!

9.2

Roman Sukley

SQN Lightmotif. 47% Roussanne, 21% Chardonnay, 14% Petite Manseng, 11% Viognier and 7% Marsanne that spent 19 months in a combination of concrete eggs, new French oak, neutral barrels and a tiny portion in stainless steel. Golden color Super rich, multi-layered profile. Peaches, pineapple, white flowers and burnt toast (in a good way). Wonderful texture as is typical for Roussanne. Pure silk mouthfeel. Lingering finish. 3 hour decant. This will continue to improve with some cellar time, but tough to resist pulling the cork now.

SQN Lightmotif. 47% Roussanne, 21% Chardonnay, 14% Petite Manseng, 11% Viognier and 7% Marsanne that spent 19 months in a combination of concrete eggs, new French oak, neutral barrels and a tiny portion in stainless steel. Golden color Super rich, multi-layered profile. Peaches, pineapple, white flowers and burnt toast (in a good way). Wonderful texture as is typical for Roussanne. Pure silk mouthfeel. Lingering finish. 3 hour decant. This will continue to improve with some cellar time, but tough to resist pulling the cork now.

9.5

Jason Case

Such a cool wine! All the best white flavors in one glass

Such a cool wine! All the best white flavors in one glass

9.7

Kevin Ortzman Delectable Pro

Honestly, I was disappointed. Perhaps because it was paired against the Swift and Marcassin. Mild lemon zest, stronger grass and liter box. This was the dog of the night, relatively speaking for a 100 point collectors dinner.

Honestly, I was disappointed. Perhaps because it was paired against the Swift and Marcassin. Mild lemon zest, stronger grass and liter box. This was the dog of the night, relatively speaking for a 100 point collectors dinner.

8.5

Henrik Poulsen Delectable Pro

15.4% alc. I can't recall the blend but believe this is primarily Chardonnay. Full-bodied with viscosity and Rousanne-like waxy notes. A great wine but it is also (a bit too?) easy to be impressed by the hype of the producer so this is a review of the general quality, nothing else. Have heard that the SQN whites age beautifully so will save the rest of my stash and revisit in the future hoping for upside potential.

15.4% alc. I can't recall the blend but believe this is primarily Chardonnay. Full-bodied with viscosity and Rousanne-like waxy notes. A great wine but it is also (a bit too?) easy to be impressed by the hype of the producer so this is a review of the general quality, nothing else. Have heard that the SQN whites age beautifully so will save the rest of my stash and revisit in the future hoping for upside potential.

9.2

Nathaniel DiMaggio Delectable Pro

A lot of fun and very dry for his typical stylings.

A lot of fun and very dry for his typical stylings.

8.8

Jenifer Freebairn Delectable Pro

#kostabrowne

#kostabrowne

romo

Similar profile to other SQN whites. Intriguing technically because no one else makes these blends, and maybe someone should. My two primary beefs are: 1. abv is too high and 2. There is zero terroir on this wine. Zero.

Similar profile to other SQN whites. Intriguing technically because no one else makes these blends, and maybe someone should. My two primary beefs are: 1. abv is too high and 2. There is zero terroir on this wine. Zero.

8.9

Joseph Barsky

2014 Vintage. 15.6% Alcohol. This style is not for everyone. Roussane dominant on the nose and taste. I’d prefer more acidity and more Chardonnay. Looks like an overaged white with dark yellow color and plenty of tropical notes. Best after open three days, but argon gassed and refrigerated.

2014 Vintage. 15.6% Alcohol. This style is not for everyone. Roussane dominant on the nose and taste. I’d prefer more acidity and more Chardonnay. Looks like an overaged white with dark yellow color and plenty of tropical notes. Best after open three days, but argon gassed and refrigerated.

9.0

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