Sine Qua Non Résisté California White Blend 2013

$189

Extremely limited new release from Cult producer Sine Qua Non. 97 Points Robert Parker: "The 2013 White Wine Resiste is a sensational white from California that's made from 45% Roussanne, 26% Chardonnay, 14% Petite Manseng, 10% Viognier and 5% Marsanne that spent 19 months in 46% new French oak and the balance in concrete eggs and used barrels. Possessing rock-star levels of richness and texture on the palate, with full-bodied depth and power that never seems heavy or cumbersome, it has classic SQN white notes of buttered golden fruits, honeysuckle, honeycomb, toast and white flowers. Unctuous, full-flavored and still lively and fresh, it needs 2-3 years of cellaring and will keep for two decades."

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Ratings on Delectable

LM Segal Delectable Pro

Quotes from the table: “The colour of unhealthy dark urine”; “this is radioactive in my mouth, but in a good way”; “WTF is this, it’s like no white I’ve ever tasted...pass that back here right now” And that about sums it up. Magical SQN white.

Quotes from the table: “The colour of unhealthy dark urine”; “this is radioactive in my mouth, but in a good way”; “WTF is this, it’s like no white I’ve ever tasted...pass that back here right now” And that about sums it up. Magical SQN white.

9.6

Shay A Delectable Pro

As if Part 1 of Saturday night wasn’t incredible enough, Part 2 of the final and main event for the Fall WNH was all Sine Qua Non wines. The most spectacular lineup of wines I’ve ever seen, and an overall wonderful ending to an amazing trip with fantastic people. The second SQN White we enjoyed (after having the ‘15 “ Entre chien et Loup” the night prior) was this beautiful wine. This is more Roussanne dominant than the prior bottle, which explains the more waxy, cool mint, nutty aromas and notes on the palate. Honeyed fruit with a toffee like finish. What a white wine! Thanks @David L .

As if Part 1 of Saturday night wasn’t incredible enough, Part 2 of the final and main event for the Fall WNH was all Sine Qua Non wines. The most spectacular lineup of wines I’ve ever seen, and an overall wonderful ending to an amazing trip with fantastic people. The second SQN White we enjoyed (after having the ‘15 “ Entre chien et Loup” the night prior) was this beautiful wine. This is more Roussanne dominant than the prior bottle, which explains the more waxy, cool mint, nutty aromas and notes on the palate. Honeyed fruit with a toffee like finish. What a white wine! Thanks @David L .

9.6

David L Delectable Pro

Two hour decanting. Just an amazing bottle of wine.

Two hour decanting. Just an amazing bottle of wine.

9.7

Roman Sukley

Gorgeous gold color, buttered toast, brioche, honeysuckle, orange blossom, lemon oil with some floral notes. Beautiful texture probably from the Roussanne component. Yet another masterful blending job by THE MAN. Full-bodied with nice crispness. Superb honeyed richness. 3 hour decant. Actually recommend holding these for a while. I'll be sitting on my remaining 11 (or at least 6 of them). They'll get nothing but better. If you can't wait, decant for a minimum of 3 hours.

Gorgeous gold color, buttered toast, brioche, honeysuckle, orange blossom, lemon oil with some floral notes. Beautiful texture probably from the Roussanne component. Yet another masterful blending job by THE MAN. Full-bodied with nice crispness. Superb honeyed richness. 3 hour decant. Actually recommend holding these for a while. I'll be sitting on my remaining 11 (or at least 6 of them). They'll get nothing but better. If you can't wait, decant for a minimum of 3 hours.

9.5

Todd Alexander Delectable Pro

This one changed a lot in the glass over an hour. Got a lot better with time.

This one changed a lot in the glass over an hour. Got a lot better with time.

9.4

Ron R Delectable Pro

Exotic and aromatic nose displaying white-stoned fruits and fresh brioche. Palette is lithe and textured for a white wine. Beyond medium sweet, finished with hard toffee notes. Good acidity brings up the rear. This is a serious white, with medium-term cellaring capabilities.

Exotic and aromatic nose displaying white-stoned fruits and fresh brioche. Palette is lithe and textured for a white wine. Beyond medium sweet, finished with hard toffee notes. Good acidity brings up the rear. This is a serious white, with medium-term cellaring capabilities.

9.4

Graham Dresden

Very nice at the onset, much better 2 hours later. Incredibly well integrated.

Very nice at the onset, much better 2 hours later. Incredibly well integrated.

9.4

David L Delectable Pro

13' Sine Qua Non Resiste. A Rhone & white burgundy blend. Full- Bodied ! I think if you asked 3 people, you would get three different opinions on the nose. Without a doubt floral/citrusy notes on the nose. Keeps EVOLVING in the glass, even after almost 2 hours of decanting. I'm in love with the balance of this wine. Just enough acidity/oak in it. The palate is full of pineapple, peach, orange peel, donut holes, honey, etc. This and the Ovid white(Rhone/ Burgundy)are worth looking into. The difference is the SQN could age another 10+ years. I'll wait a few years to open the rest of them.

13' Sine Qua Non Resiste. A Rhone & white burgundy blend. Full- Bodied ! I think if you asked 3 people, you would get three different opinions on the nose. Without a doubt floral/citrusy notes on the nose. Keeps EVOLVING in the glass, even after almost 2 hours of decanting. I'm in love with the balance of this wine. Just enough acidity/oak in it. The palate is full of pineapple, peach, orange peel, donut holes, honey, etc. This and the Ovid white(Rhone/ Burgundy)are worth looking into. The difference is the SQN could age another 10+ years. I'll wait a few years to open the rest of them.

9.4

Winton Sweum

Straw yellow; notes of apricot and peach; quite bright on the palate even as fully round and viscous; is the petite manseng really showing that much at the end?

Straw yellow; notes of apricot and peach; quite bright on the palate even as fully round and viscous; is the petite manseng really showing that much at the end?

9.2

Jim McCusker

Yeah, not sure what the “pro” rating of 9.1 is all about. Probably tried it too young. The last time I had this was 2015 and it is SO much better. Just look at that honeyed color! Fantastic aromas of dried lemon peel, hints of vanilla, and white flowers. Impeccably balanced (but does need to be dropped siginificantly below cellar temp - say to 50 F - for it to come into focus. Takes about 30min in the glass to express, then it is awesome. Fantastic stuff!

Yeah, not sure what the “pro” rating of 9.1 is all about. Probably tried it too young. The last time I had this was 2015 and it is SO much better. Just look at that honeyed color! Fantastic aromas of dried lemon peel, hints of vanilla, and white flowers. Impeccably balanced (but does need to be dropped siginificantly below cellar temp - say to 50 F - for it to come into focus. Takes about 30min in the glass to express, then it is awesome. Fantastic stuff!

9.5

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