Sine Qua Non Ventura County
This really is the quintessential California garage winery. Warehouse style wineries have been an established feature of the industry in California for many years. Until recently the Krankl’s owned no vineyards themselves and the wines can be very difficult to follow due to alarmingly regular name changes. They are though the epitome of the finest quality artisan winemaking: rich, opulent and always produced from the finest fruit. Pinot Noir is no longer made however an example of impressive purity and rich berry fruit (★★★★★) was sourced from the Shea Vineyard in Oregon. Most recently labelled Omega, previously it has been named A Capella, Veiled and Left Field. A second Pinot Noir has also been released which is sourced from a number of California sites and 2005 saw the last Pinot Noir, Over and Out from Santa Barbara. If you encounter these wines they are likely to be at their peak bur ir is a case of caveat emptor with their age. There is a blend of Roussanne, Viognier and Chardonnay mainly from Central Coast sources. Petit Manseng in small proportions is also now included. Krankl has also made a 100% Roussanne and Vin de Paille straw wine styles have also come from Marsanne and Rousanne. A varietal Chardonnay from the Bien Nacido has also now been made from the 2012 vintage, Pearl Clutcher. Recent releases of Syrah have included a little Grenache and Petite Sirah, in 2012 the wine labelled Syrah Stock. A number of Grenache dominated reds are also now made with an increasing use of recently developed estate vineyards. They are impressive rivals to some of the great single vineyard and special cuvée bottles from Châteauneufdu- Pape. Indeed Krankl is also involved in a partnership with Clos Saint Jean producing a single top wine from that appellation. The home Cumulus Vineyard is also a source of two reds under the Next of Kyn banner, a Syrah and a Rhône styled blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah and Touriga Nacional. Krankl has also made Eiswein from either Gewürztraminer or Viognier, a Vin de Paille from Sémillon and occasional botrytis Viogniers. The wines are not only of the highest quality but inevitably extremely pricey and very scarce. (DM)
❁❁ Sine Qua Non Ventura County www.sinequanon.com
Manfred & Elaine Krankl 1750 N Ventura Ave #5, Ventura, CA 93001
Tel: 805 640-8901 Fax: 805 640-8902
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