Dinner with Friends
Inovasi - Lake Bluff IL
Tasted September 4, 2012 by Burgundy Al with 214 views
Flight 1 (11 notes)
2005 Sine Qua Non The Petition
Ripe stone fruit aromas with some toasted nut background notes. Sweet, ripe peach and apricot flavors with some baking spice hints. Good balance for its alcohol level. I've often found my favorite SQN whites to be those based on Rhone varietals with a good dollop of Chardonnay added, like The Petition.
2004 Arnaud Ente Meursault La Seve du Clos Plus Vieilles Vignes
Similar to a couple of bottles I opened this spring, this showed lots of ripe fruit aromas and flavors with good supporting spice, great density and concentration, then lots of minerality and acidity coming through nicely from middle to finish. This wine should continue to improve for a few more years, then drink well to perhaps 2025.
1991 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
Black fruit and subtle spice aromas, then completely identical on palate. Very good balance. Perhaps a little less interesting overall vs. another bottle from earlier this year with showed a little more cigarbox aromas and acidic edge.
2004 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Proprietor Grown
Ultra ripe black fruit aromas and flavors, lots of new oak spice. Fat and seemingly light on acidity and energy. I can appreciate the wine's quality but it is not my preferred style.
2005 Sine Qua Non Syrah Atlantis Fe2O3~1a, b & c
Blackberry and black cherry aromas with great spice aromas supported by charming floral notes in the background. Very similar fruit profile on the palate with black pepper, anise and dried thyme. One thing I find particularly remarkable for SQN Syrah and Grenache is they they retain incredible balance and finesse despite the fairly robust alcohol levels, which almost never protrude.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1998 Weingut Knoll Grüner Veltliner Beerenauslese Loibner Loibenberg
Golden color. Sweet and spicy aromas to start with very ripe stone fruit character, hints of roasted nuts in background. Similar flavor profile on palate with good length and structure.