98 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Read
The 2018 Syrah Ziehharmonika is composed of 82% Syrah, 6.7% Mourvedre, 5% Petite Sirah, 2.3% Grenache, 2.7% Viognier and 1.3% Muscat. “I think Muscat is the number one white grape for me to blend with reds,” Manfred said. “It kinda triples the effect of the wine.” The red winemaking included 14% whole cluster. The vineyard sources for this wine are 51% The Third Twin, 43% Eleven Confessions and 6% Cumulus - all estate owned vineyards. The wine was bottled in August 2020, after 23.5 months of aging. It was reared in 51% new French oak, 46% in used barrels and 3% in terracotta. (The terracotta is only use for whites.) Medium to deep garnet-purple colored—WOW—perfumed black and blue fruits prance out of the glass, revealing accents of candied violets and cinnamon stick, supporting the plum preserves, blackberry compote and garrigue-scented core, plus hints of molten dark chocolate, licorice, Chinese five spice and bacon with a touch of iron ore. The densely laden, full-bodied palate is seriously showy, featuring flamboyant black fruit preserves and exotic spice layers with a solid backbone of ripe, rounded tannins and bold freshness, finishing with epic length and loads of earth, pepper and floral fireworks. 1,910 cases and 600 magnums were made.
98 Vinous - Read
The 2018 Syrah Ziehharmonika is every bit as captivating from bottle as it was in barrel. In this tasting, the Zieharmonika stands out for its soaring aromatic complexity and character. Black pepper, lavendar, mint, spice and blueberry add a strikiing upper register of aromatics. Vivid and wonderfully deep, the 2018 is going to need a number of years to come into its own. What a wine!
- Blend82% Syrah, 6.7% Mourvèdre, and the rest Petite Sirah and Grenache
- WinemakerManfred Krankl
- AppellationSanta Barbara County
Sine Qua Non Squeezebox Ziehharmonika Syrah California 2018 (Magnum 1.5L)
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About the Producer
Sine Qua Non has become an international sensation and one of the most collected California wines. Manfred Krankl started with a vision and a whole lot of passion and turned it into an incredible success. They now own four rather diverse Estate vineyards: Eleven Confessions in Santa Rita Hills, Cumulus in south Santa Barbara, The Third Twin in Los Alamos and Molly Aida in Tepusquet Canyon planted to head trained Mourvedre. Without a doubt SQN produces some of the most interesting wines we taste every year.