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2001 Sine Qua Non On Your Toes Syrah Sine Qua Non, California, California, USA

In Bond case price:
Country USA
Region California
Appellation California
Producer Sine Qua Non
Vintage 2001
Type Red (Dry)
Grape Variety Syrah
ABV 14.9%
Format 2x75cl
Packaging Original Wood Case
Duty Status In Bond
Provenance Purchased by Liquid Assets at auction in the US, where it was consigned by the original owner who purchased it directly from the winery; directly imported into the UK by Liquid Assets; securely stored in a climate-controlled bonded facility
Stock 1 case (in stock and available immediately)

99 Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate (August 2013)

In addition to these new releases, I was also able to taste through a number of older vintages, including the 2001 Albino, 2006 Hoodoo Man, 2003 The Inaugural, 2004 Ode to E, 1998 E Raised, 2001 On Your Toes, 2005 Nail in My Cranium and 2007 Syrah Dangerous Birds. To say I came away impressed would be an understatement. Anyone who claims this big, rich style can-t age needs to taste these wines. I opted to just list my scores for the older releases as I find Bob-s initial write-ups spot on.

95+ Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (July 2005)

Fresh, bright dark ruby color. Brooding, powerful, slightly roasted aromas of blackberry liqueur, mocha and truffle. Then wonderfully sweet but sappy, with complexflavors of black fruits, tar, minerals and exotic chocolate. Not at all heavy; in fact, this is fresher and lighter on its feet than the nose suggests, with the underlying minerality energizing the wine. (Krankl told me this cuvee "concentrated itself from the inside out" over the course of its time in barrel.) Wild, savory, idiosyncratic wine that finishes with outstanding building sweetness and late notes of smoke and maple syrup. With 24 hours in the recorked bottle, this showed stronger dark fruit character and gained in freshness. I was reminded of La Turque.