Tasted Friday, May 22, 2009 - Monday, May 25, 2009 by clayfu with 711 views
IS SQN THE DRC OF AMERICA?CONSISTENTLY High scoring wines from the GREATEST OF GREAT wine critics and loved by wine drinkers around the world. I love me a good bottle of Sine Qua Non. Who Doesn't? Manfred does some magic in Ventura when he isn't riding his Ducatti and making label art. If it's not the greatest wien in the world, it surely has the best label art? I capped off a day of moving my furniture and wine from San Diego to Los Angeles with a night of SQN at the Cal Poly School of Management's Kellogg Ranch Restaurant. I was dead freaking tired, drove 150 miles in a U-Haul, worked through Friday Memorial day weekend traffic but was determined to make it to this dinner. I ended up being only 40 minutes late and was put at the children's side of the table with the under 30 crowd. Since we're incredibly immature, I spent the night enjoying multiple bottles of SQN, unknowingly teasing Ryan's girlfriend about her age when I meant to make fun of Joe, hassling the poor student chef for destroying my piece of halibut, being quizzed on Ryan's mystery blend (which he mixed all 3 SQN syrahs) and having a great time among good friends (and a new friend! Go USD law alums!)
We coincidentally had a mini vertical of 04-06 syrah and grenache. Had some Champagne to start off the night and ended with a mystery napa cab and dessert wines. I'm not sure how anyone drove home consuming all that 15.6%+ alcohol wines. I didn't see a red solo spit cup.... funny since we had a long discussion about being pulled over for speeding after having some wines during dinner.
We started off with a lovely grower bubbly and moved into a SQN rose & white and finished up with the 98 Veiled Pinot Noir. I'm always impressed by SQN whites, I feel I should be complaining about it being too syrupy and alcoholic, but it never ends up being that way. I felt the fruit was disappearing on the pinot, but my sentiments were shared only by one other person. He drinks burgundy religiously and has worked hard and successfully to covert me as well. Maybe we shouldn't listen to his opinion ;).
I realized I was the only one doing a Grenache flight, everyone else was comparing years side by side while I was comparing varietals. This is what happens when i'm over eager. Into the Dark was my WOTF/WOTN and the same for many others. The Atlantis has monster bottle variation, I am so perplexed by it.
I'm perplexed how the Poker Face is 100 pts, but different strokes for different folks. I enjoyed the Raven Syrah and I hope to come back to it later on in it's years. Once again the Atlantis Syrah is the least favorite SQN I've had so far. Had a Dayton Cabernet at the very end. One of the best QPR drinkers I've had in a long time. It's a "secret label" , "famous" Napa vineyard and winemaker from Oakville. No clue what it is. Only one wine store is carrying it but it's a freaking steal at sub $15. If you want to know where, feel free to PM me. Ongoing joke with R. Matsui who sent it to me, some lady from China is looking to buy 100 cases of it and take it back to China. Most likely to relabel it as a cult wine and sell it to some unwitting folks at auction. Oh us shady Chinese =P.
The SQN atlantis is drinking SPLENDIDLY right now. Guiraud not so much. I wonder if we come back to both of these wines in 5-10 years will my opinions be completely different?