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Top ‘bullish’ wines for Chinese Year of Ox

We have rounded up top "bullish" wines from France, Italy, Spain and Australia to ring in upcoming Chinese Year of Ox.

Sine Qua Non Ox Pinot Noir

Sine Qua Non Ox Pinot Noir (pic: Wine Searcher)

The American cult wine based in Ventura California once made a few vintages of Pinot Noir sourced from Oregon, one of which as we figure will certainly garner some extra interest this year among Chinese collectors.

Created by husband and wife team Manfred & Elaine Krankl, the estate is known for its Rhone blends, but for ten vintages, it ventured out of its comfort zone and flirted with Pinot Noir. One of the now defunct operation was the 1999 Pinot Noir made from grapes sourced from Shea Vineyards in Oregon.

The vintage which is named ‘Ox’ is now a collectible and is making rounds in auctions, as the Krankls have decided to discontinue Pinot Noir production. The 2005 vintage is the last bottling of the varietal, which is also aptly called “Over and Out”.

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