The 2009 Syrah The Thrill Of impresses for its poise and underlying energy. Dark fruit, spices, licorice, and violets sit on a core of firm tannin as this powerful wine opens up in the glass. Today, The Thrill Of Stamp comes across as very, very young. The intensity of the fruit and the oak are dominant at present. In another few years the wine should be spectacular. The Thrill Of Stamp is 90% Syrah, 6% Grenache and 4% Viognier, all destemmed and mostly from estate-owned vineyards. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
Sine Qua Non is a California cult winery known for its sought-after Rhône style wine blends, produced in very limited quantities. The winery is located in Ventura County within the Central Coast AVA.
Manfred Krankl and his wife Elaine established the winery in 1994. Sine Qua Non's winery has been described by Robert Parker as "a Mad Max- junkyard dog sort of winery in one of the ugliest sections of Ventura.", while according to Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate Aug 2011) "the wines that emerge from this site are often profound. The sheer drive for perfection and attention to detail at Sine Qua Non is something I have rarely witnessed anywhere else in the world."