Sine Qua Non Ratsel 16 Syrah 2016

$295

98 points - limited                     Limited new Syrah from cult producer Sine Qua Non. 96+ Points Robert Parker:  "Produced entirely from estate fruit, the 2016 Syrah Rätsel 16 offers up a brooding bouquet of smoky blackberries, French roast, cassis liqueur and subtle grilled meat, with only hints of all the savory complexity it will show down the line. On the palate, it's full-bodied, layered and chewy, with a rich chassis of velvety structuring tannins, a deep, super concentrated core of fruit and a long, sapid finish. Like the Grenache Dirt Vernacular, it's quite expressive and giving in profile by comparison with the firmer, more structural 2015s from Sine Qua Non, but its more brooding profile makes me suspect it has more potential upside with some time in bottle. It's a blend of 81% Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre, 5% Petite Sirah, 2.5% Grenache and 4.5% Viognier that was fermented with 47% whole cluster." "There are few greater success stories in wine than that of Sine Qua Non’s Manfred Krankl. Austrian-born and showing up penniless in Los Angeles in 1980, he went on to create one of the greatest wine estates in the world today by sheer talent and work ethic."

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Syrah
750ml
Lamb

Ratings on Delectable

Seth Morgen Long Delectable Pro

Broker • Arterberry Maresh / Winemaker • Morgen Long

I enjoyed this. It felt surprisingly balanced, fresh and welcoming.

I enjoyed this. It felt surprisingly balanced, fresh and welcoming.

9.1

Joseph Barsky

2016 Vintage. Broke my prior recommendation to hold longer and this bottle was doing much better.

2016 Vintage. Broke my prior recommendation to hold longer and this bottle was doing much better.

9.9

Joseph Barsky

2016 Vintage. 16.1% Alcohol. PNP mistake as @Roman Sukley said it needed 36 hours in a decanter. Monster wine that was brooding and unwilling to open up and then poof was gone. Also our first bottle opened from our allocation and will try to wait a few years before trying again. Upstaged at this point by the 2016 SQN Dirt Vernacular Grenache blend that is raring to go.

2016 Vintage. 16.1% Alcohol. PNP mistake as @Roman Sukley said it needed 36 hours in a decanter. Monster wine that was brooding and unwilling to open up and then poof was gone. Also our first bottle opened from our allocation and will try to wait a few years before trying again. Upstaged at this point by the 2016 SQN Dirt Vernacular Grenache blend that is raring to go.

9.9

Alvaro Bustillos

Alex leal Bernardo Pozas Keni morales @mercurio

Alex leal Bernardo Pozas Keni morales @mercurio

9.3

Adam Gäfvert

Första känslan var amerikansk Syrah. Påminde mycket om Andremily. Vilken inte visade sig vara konstigt. Superextraherad och fullpackad med smak. Mogna plommon, vinbär, eukalyptus, alkohol, tanin, kanel. Sjukt nog väldigt frisk och tillgänglig. Amerikanskt hedonistisk som jag får ge vika för. Sjukt god.

Första känslan var amerikansk Syrah. Påminde mycket om Andremily. Vilken inte visade sig vara konstigt. Superextraherad och fullpackad med smak. Mogna plommon, vinbär, eukalyptus, alkohol, tanin, kanel. Sjukt nog väldigt frisk och tillgänglig. Amerikanskt hedonistisk som jag får ge vika för. Sjukt god.

9.4

Grant Everett

Vibrant and beautiful

Vibrant and beautiful

9.8

Roman Sukley

2016 Sine Qua Non "Rätsel 16" Syrah, originally “Cypher 16,” renamed because of potential legal problems with the rock band? Not sure of the backstory on that one, but it’s pretty clear that Rätsel (enigma, mystery, puzzle, riddle) is simply the German word for Cypher (a secret or disguised way of writing; a code). The wine however, not the band, is a monster. Gargantuan really. Typical SQN nose, and black as a moon-free, starless night sky in the stem. Tonight’s photo should not to be confused with Katie Bouman’s Black Hole masterpiece, although no light can escape from either. Very tight upon opening, singing an aria 36 hours later. SUPER concentrated with unlimited upside potential. More detailed tasting note to come. Yet another stunner!

2016 Sine Qua Non "Rätsel 16" Syrah, originally “Cypher 16,” renamed because of potential legal problems with the rock band? Not sure of the backstory on that one, but it’s pretty clear that Rätsel (enigma, mystery, puzzle, riddle) is simply the German word for Cypher (a secret or disguised way of writing; a code). The wine however, not the band, is a monster. Gargantuan really. Typical SQN nose, and black as a moon-free, starless night sky in the stem. Tonight’s photo should not to be confused with Katie Bouman’s Black Hole masterpiece, although no light can escape from either. Very tight upon opening, singing an aria 36 hours later. SUPER concentrated with unlimited upside potential. More detailed tasting note to come. Yet another stunner!

9.9

Grant Everett

Aloha!

Aloha!

9.6

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