Monday, February 14, 2011 - Double-decanted (for traveling) in the 1.5-2 hour range, and enjoyed over the next 3 hours. Upon first opening, the nose seemed unexpectedly reticent for a SQN Syrah, but it opened up rapidly. Typical opaque purple/ruby color. Not as powerful on the nose as Atlantis, but more effusive than Poker Face or Raven, and so beguiling with sweet spices and coffee bean, with blackberry pie and spring flowers in the background. Mmmm. The palate centers on blueberry and blackberry, supported by a certain doughiness and a hint of coffee, with sweet spices and mild white pepper on the finish. Typical lithe, slippery texture. Later evolution added some sour cherry and caramel aspects. Really fun and intriguing to drink. On the positive side of borderline classic for me, with room for improvement for such a young wine.
What consistently distinguishes SQN for me is the nose, and this vintage really delivers beautiful, exotic aromas.