- 96+ Punkte Robert Parkers WINE ADVOCATE, William Kelley: "Produced entirely from estate fruit, the 2016 Syrah Rätsel 16 offers up a brooding bouquet of smoky blackberries, French roast, cassis liqueur and subtle grilled meat, with only hints of all the savory complexity it will show down the line. On the palate, it's full-bodied, layered and chewy, with a rich chassis of velvety structuring tannins, a deep, super concentrated core of fruit and a long, sapid finish. Like the Grenache Dirt Vernacular, it's quite expressive and giving in profile by comparison with the firmer, more structural 2015s from Sine Qua Non, but its more brooding profile makes me suspect it has more potential upside with some time in bottle. It's a blend of 81% Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre, 5% Petite Sirah, 2.5% Grenache and 4.5% Viognier that was fermented with 47% whole cluster. 1791 cases and 600 magnums were produced."
- 96-99 Punkte JEB DUNNUCK: "A not yet bottled blend of 81% Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre, 5% Petite Sirah, and the rest Viognier and Grenache, fermented with 47% whole clusters, the 2016 Syrah Rätsel 16 is an inky colored beauty that has another level of depth and richness over the 2015. Black raspberries, cassis, white pepper, white chocolate, and hints of bacon fat give way to a full-bodied, seamless, elegant wine that has terrific freshness and purity, ultra-fine tannin, and a huge finish. Not too dissimilar from the 2014s, which have the same supple, sexy, and approachable style, it should drink reasonably well right out of the gate and cruise for 15-20 years in cool cellars."
|Parker Wine Advocate:||96 RPWA|
|Jeb Dunnuck:||98 JD|
|Rebsorte(n):||Grenache noir / Garnacha tinto Mourvedre Petite Sirah Viognier Syrah/Shiraz|
|Reben:||81% Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre, 5% Petite Sirah, 2,5% Grenache, 4,5% Viognier|
|% vol Alk:||16,1|
|Notizen des Weinguts:||The 2016 Syrah Rätsel 16 got its name in light of all the things we discussed before. This cuvee might seem even more licentious than its loose sister above. It is a taste orgy of 81% Syrah, 7% Mourvedre, 5% Petite Sirah, 2.5% Grenache and a whopping 4.5% Viognier for lift and high tones. Here we used an unusually high (for Syrah and for us) 47% whole clusters during the fermentation. This fruit – these grapes – were so developed, including the stems and the seeds and of course the skins, that the notion of including more whole clusters appeared not like a hinted poem, but rather like an L.A. billboard. And we used 47% new French oak. All barriques with the exception of just a few hogs (barriques are 228 liter barrels; hogs are 300 liter). Syrah always shows a muscular, dark, brooding stature. This is certainly no exception. The wine is like the most handsome prize fighter you’ve ever seen. If George Clooney were more muscle bound, more promiscuous, more committed and maybe a little snazzier, we might have named this wine after him. But alas he’s not. So Rätsel 16 it is instead. I really don’t know quite how to describe this treat in an adult manner, so all I can say is that it is like a velvet or silk cloud roaming around your cavity, stroking your taste buds, your nose, your gray cells and your ego. It stays with you seemingly forever. If you don’t latch on to this devil, then there is no help.|
|Potenziell allergene Substanzen:||Enthält Sulfite. Kann Spuren von Eiweiß, Gelatine und Milch enthalten.|
|Importeur/Inverkehrbringer:||Weinhandlung Martin Apell, Eugen Richter Strasse 109, 34134 Kassel|
|Warnungen:||Der Konsum von alkoholhaltigen Getränken während der Schwangerschaft kann selbst in geringen Mengen schwere Konsequenzen für die Gesundheit des Kindes nach sich ziehen.|
|Hersteller:||Sine Qua Non, PO Box 1048, Oak View, CA 93022, USA, www.sinequanon.com|