2002 Sine Qua Non Just For The Love Of It (Syrah)
Syrah - 1.5L

  • WA 100
  • IWC 94

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2004
A dead-ringer (at least aromatically) for Guigal's single vineyard Cote Rotie La Mouline the 2002 Just For The Love of It is the greatest California Syrah I have yet tasted. A one-thousand case blend of 96% Syrah 2%... A dead-ringer (at least aromatically) for Guigal's single vineyard Cote Rotie La Mouline the 2002 Just For The Love of It is the greatest California Syrah I have yet tasted. A one-thousand case blend of 96% Syrah 2% Grenache and 2% Viognier it is nearly equal parts Alban Bien Nacido and Stolpman fruit with a small amount from both Shadow Canyon and White Hawk. It boasts a provocative perfume of creme de cassis toast blackberries licorice barbecue spice and exotic floral scents. Extremely full-bodied with fabulous intensity great purity awesome length and a finish that lasts over a minute this classic is a must purchase. Already accessible it will drink well for 10-15 years.
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2005
(2% grenache and 2% viognier) Deep ruby-red. Black fruits orange peel Tellicherry pepper sandalwood incense and black walnut on the highly complex nose. Quite youthful even a bit clenched in the mouth with extremely... (2% grenache and 2% viognier) Deep ruby-red. Black fruits orange peel Tellicherry pepper sandalwood incense and black walnut on the highly complex nose. Quite youthful even a bit clenched in the mouth with extremely intense juicy peppery fruit and a lovely coolness that promises a long evolution in bottle. Compared to the lush grenache bottling this comes across as somewhat rigid today but it possesses superb underlying sappiness. Finishes with firm tannins and superb persistence. One of those rare wines that seem to grow darker with aeration. This should have a long and rewarding evolution in bottle and may ultimately merit an even higher score.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Vintage 2002