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2005 Sine Qua Non "Mr. K Straw Man" California Marsanne Vin de Paille (375ml)

SKU #1079371 100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Even more remarkable is the 2005 Mr. K. Marsanne Vin de Paille The Straw Man. One-hundred percent Marsanne from the Beckmen Vineyard, with remarkably low alcohol (7.5%), a whopping 392 grams of residual sugar per liter, and exceptional acidity (6.4 grams of acid per liter), this is one of the most singular sweet wines I have ever tasted. It rivals the great 2000 Suey that was made from Roussanne and ended up with 241 grams of residual sugar. The individualistic, prodigious sweet wines are the products of meticulous attention to detail, obsessive harvesting requirements, and amazing vinifications and upbringings. They are unbelievable elixirs, and this one is as complex and intense as any sweet wine made in the world. It is a fitting tribute to the genius of both Manfred Krankl and his late partner, Luis Kracher. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2008)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bronze-gold color. Candied apricot, honey and toffee on the nose, with a strong mineral quality gaining strength with air. Supple, impressively deep apple and pear compote flavors become sweeter with air, taking on butterscotch and dried fig character. Leaves sweet spice and nutty notes behind on the long, mineral-driven finish. A singular, utterly compelling wine that should be enjoyed on its own. These grapes, taken from the Beckmen vineyard, were air-dried for 46 days. (JR) Inner quote mark (12/2008)

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