The 2005 Sine Qua Non Syrah Atlantis Fe 203 1A saved my evening in Las Vegas a couple of nights ago. It started out pretty well, with a private party in the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa at the Palms. My friend Tim Ozgener of C.A.O. cigars had invited me for cocktails and a cigar before a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert that he had organized in the Rain club of the hotel. I was stuck drinking a Tecate beer because the wine was so horrendous in the penthouse of the creator of Playboy, but there were other amusing things around.
Anyway, I was excited about going to see Lynyrd Skynyrd. I hadn’t thought about them since my freshman year in college when I used to listen to their music. Shame most of the original band members died in a plane crash in the late 1970s, but their music lives, especially songs like "Free Bird." Maybe I was just feeling nostalgic.
After a few beers, I, Cigar Aficionado executive editor Gordon Mott and my friend James Orr, the well-known Hollywood director, went to the gig. Unfortunately, we only lasted about 30 minutes. The sound was really a bummer, too much bass or something. Maybe they always sounded like that? Or I always listened to them with a different mindset. My stereo system was crap in the 1970s as well.
We left and found a restaurant to try to salvage the evening. What we found was awesome. Check out my video. We had some good brasserie food at the new Table 10 in the Palazzo, including rotisserie lamb, pork and chicken, and we scored a bottle of the 2005 Sine Qua Non Syrah Atlantis Fe 203 1A. What a wine!
This is a 100-point wine (non-blind). I can’t believe the concentration and richness it has, yet it remains fresh and balanced. Winemaker Manfred Krankl is a genius. This 2005 is the essence of Syrah with blackberry, chocolate, meat and gamy aromas that follow through to a full body, with ultravelvety tannins and a long, long, long finish. I don’t see any use in aging this wine, even though it will improve. It’s just so amazing now. It sort of reminds me of the first vintage of Guigal’s La Turque, but even richer. Perfect wine.
I am a huge fan of Krankl’s wines, as many of you know. But I have not had that many of his wines in my career, maybe a half-dozen or so. I would love to see any notes you have out there for the wines. Please share.
Thank God Table 10 had a bottle of the 2005 Sine Qua Non Syrah Atlantis Fe 203 1A on its list. My rock concert night and Playboy Bunny evening turned into a thoroughly memorable event!
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