Although usually approach SQN whites with caution this was a very nice surprise. Very much the Rhine white it sets out to be, evolved but still with some fresh feel to it. Felt a lot older than a 2008 vs a Rhine white and we would have guessed a lot older if it was blind. Nice waxy texture, very nice acidity , lovely ripe fruit. Light citrus, mineral edge. Very good and better have this sooner than later. 94
I'm a fan of the SQN reds but the whites always leave me looking for more balance. I appreciate the attempt to approximate a rhone white and get almost all of the notes and flavors that others have noted. It's just that, for me, the whole is less than the sum of its parts. They just don't seem to come together into a delicious wine. Had the same reaction to it whether with food or without food. At the very least, I can save some money by passing on the SQN whites in the future and leave more for the rest of you who like it more.
Not my favorite style. Way too rich and oily, without the acidity level I like with my whites. There is also too much heat for my preference on the back end here. The tropical fruit notes are intense. The nose is the best part here. It's just so out of whack. No balance.
SQN - Legends: Jammy exotic fruit with a huge lack of acidity. It still tastes nice but it seemed quite muted and a little strange on this day. The oily fruit was to much without the acidity coming through. Should perhaps have been decanted way longer but that is just a guess.
2015 Wine Dinner at Kingstons (Fairfield, CT): A really nice white rhone blend. Poured the bottle into 5 glasses 30 mins prior to consumption. I got a lot of wax and tropical fruits. Thick in mouthfeel. Finish has some acidity. Saved some for later when it got to room temperature. I think it drank the best somewhere between room temp and cellar temp. It has several more years ahead of it, but drinking well at the moment.
Light yellow to yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of waxy yellow pears, light notes of apricot and a hint of sea foam. Flavors of yellow pears, kumquats and minerals. Medium acidity, full bodied. Drink or hold. Maybe splash decant right before serving to wake her up a little.
Honeysuckle, clove, vanilla, baking spices on the nose, this wine continues to open with time in the glass. I might even consider a short decant. It massive, at 14.9%, it will stand up to any food you put it against. It seems to completely lack acidity, but I rather like massive white wines of this style from time to time. It's bold and masculine
What a white ! Nose of sandalwood, honey, berries, shellfish and nectar. Mouth was filled with glycerin, honeyed leather, a hint of star anise to give the taste definition. And it just kept on going hours after the pour. Simply amazing stuff.
Very big, lush & tropical. This really took about 45 minutes or so to really open up and really could use a quick decant in the future. At its best, this had big notes of ripe pineapple, lemon, ginger, slight honey and baking spices in perfect harmony. However, this is a continually changing wine and you are going to get hit with awkward sips with way too much alcohol. On balance, I'll take the good with the bad, because the "good" is really spectacular. With the acid and the concentration of all the other elements, this could probably age for quite a long time. Because of the full bodied nature of this wine, it was served a little towards the warmer side, in the future, I'd opt to go a little colder to tamp down some of the alcohol and rely on the abundance of fruit to push through. The 94 probably represents the medium between the spectacular and the disappointing.
In my opinion this needs more time. Amazing as that may sound, SQN whites are long lived and get better with time. Find when Manfreds whites are young they can be acidic and a little tart. With time that settles and his whites are among the best on the planet. Will give my remaining 4 bottles at least 3 more years before I try another.
I love this wine, I have had it probably 5 times this year and it keeps getting better!! When opened it was almost sweet, never tasted that but after about 10 minutes it wore off and was just beautiful.
The wine looks Yellow colored. The legs are Medium. The body is Light/Medium. The wine has Smooth texture. Multiple layers of fruit/stonefruit crushed rocks/minerality and that complex flavor profile of a Roussane. The wine finishes Medium. Very impressive!
A Post 50th Birthday Celebration with Friends (The Grunzweig Wine Room, Los Olivos): Golden hued and inviting when poured, the nose was more tropical than floral, with notes of lychee, pineapple, honey and a touch of petrol/mineral oil as the viognier arrived to the party. Lush and unctuous honey and waxy coconut in the mouth, and a noticeable touch of heat. After a while, some marzipan and faint cloves. Impressively long finish. I very much enjoyed this but did find it utterly transformatory relative to other roussane-led wines I've enjoyed.
Chicago Berserkerfest Dinner (Blue Star Bistro - Chicago IL): Floral and perfumed start. Big and fat ultra-ripe fruit flavors, making the palate slightly less exciting than the nose. Powerful with good concentration. Most tasters' Wine of the Flight, myself included, although most others enjoyed this more than I did tonight.
Not a whole lot of specifics, but i will say that this is the second occasion that i have had this, the previous being about 2.5 years ago. The wine was good then, though a bit funky. Yesterday night it was singing ... great acidity, some citrus, spice (clove?) and layers of other flavors. Definitely enjoyable. Color was a darkened / golden yellow.
Anniversary Dinner (The Anvil Club, East Dundee, IL): Pulled the cork about two hours prior to dinner, poured a small taste and put the cork back in. Upon opening, florals dominated the bouquet and the palate was full of bright citrus oil qualities. A couple of hours later, teh aromas turned to mineral oil, citrus, apple and florals with a lanolin-like undertone. Apple, melon, lanolin and clove qualities on the palate. 90-92 pts.
Cellared since release. Perfect cork and fill. Pop and pour. Light-medium gold. Peaches, flowers, rubber, honey on the nose. Full body, rich ripe fruit, spice and honeyed floral notes follow the nose plus a hint of licorice, oily palate-coating presence, great balancing acidity and fruit hide the alcohol well, medium-long finish. Should continue to drink well for many years. Outstanding.
Misc Tasting: Intense and dense honeyed nose with a touch of vanilla and hints of rubber and liquorice-root. Dense on the palate with candied rubber a lot of honey and and again a hint of spicy vanilla. Complex flowery notes also coming through but also a very concentrated style. Impressive but seems to lack a lot of acidity for my taste. However an interesting wine that should be able to age for a very long time!
Johnny brought this to Devon for dinner with Dana for Restaurant Week. Second time trying this wine in the last year and I must be honest, this did not perform nearly as well as the last time around. The nose wasn't nearly as pronounced as last time around. Some nice underlying earth and honeyed apple and pear. Spice on the nose as well. Different and not your typical fruit forward wine. Palate brought more to the table. More of that dark roasted nuts and apples with vanilla and some sweet cinnamon and nutmeg baking spice. Long finish. Low acidity and high alcohol. Rich and thick. Nice but not up to par.
I opened this while cooking for Thanksgiving, and it didn't get much play from my guests. So here I sit a couple of days later with half a bottle that hasn't really budged. Massive stone-fruit character. Very Viognier driven aromatics. Oily, peppery and spicy on the palate. Amazingly unctuous with a honeyed, spicy character. Definitely a ringer for a super-serious and flambyant Hermitage ala Chapoutier. Fascinating wines that seem to need a lot of age.
Just a Friday with buddies (Austin, TX): Oily and dense. Nose of pineapple, lychee, lemon oil, mango. On the palate, very heavy with flavors of lemon curd, peaches, white fruit, and a big whack of oak. Finishes with a nice acidic lift that balances the whole package. If I had these I would be holding them for a while to let the oak integrate better. Very well made and a definite treat.
Oily, dense and chewy, this white has a lot of stuffing. Some tropical fruits but good bit of marzipan and citrus oil mixed in with a bit of food wax. Long finish that is lingers on the palate - flirts with the edge of being a little too heavy but has enough acidity to avoid any flabbiness. These are so fun to drink!
Cracked on my wife's 40th. First SQN white. And what a singular white! Like so many of the best wines, this gave you something different every time you went back to the glass. Sometimes like sucking on a hard butterscotch candy, sometimes like breathing in honeysuckle flowers. Thought at first that the sweetness might overpower, but the acidity gave it amazing balance. It is a credit to Manfred Krankl that he can produce wine with such mouthfeel, intensity and balance. A total winner.
a very xciting white indeed. Deep gold and straw. Nose is full of white flowers and apricot. This is rich and heavy but not too much. It needs some spicy food. We had it with fried fish in creamy horseraddishsauce.
San Diego WineSpectator.com Offline, 5/24/2012 (French Market Grille, Rancho Bernardo, California): 70% roussanne, 30% viognier. Clear light golden yellow. Exuberant bouquet of clover honey, tangerine, mango, jasmine. Unctuous, sauternes-like mouthfeel with flavors of nougat, minerals, pear and fresh cream. Tasted like, and paired well with, the crepes suzette for dessert. Also a nice compliment to lobster. I imagine this would also pair well with veal sweetbreads and perhaps foie gras. Tied for SECOND PLACE tonight. It's funny to see how frequently the word "very" appears in SQN tasting notes. All of these wines are "very" something. Except ordinary.
Northern Rhone Varietals (Fuel - Wilmette, IL): This tastes like french toast...and I love french toast. The Rhone blend has a big nose of cream, toffee, and apple cider. Certainly not traditional, but I found this really nice. Great length and depth - don't expect minerality.
Rich, delicious, full-bodied, intense dried apricot/pear fruit with pine nut, honey, sweet butter, and spice flavors, high viscosity, excellent structure, clearly a fruit bomb, this is more of an after dinner wine
JT is having a baby (Houstons - Irvine, CA): Given all the positive reviews here on CT this wine is clearly well liked. But to be honest, I don't really get it. For to my palate, the wine seems a bit too manipulated, too overworked. The result for me is a compact and muddled palate and an overall lack of freshness. That said, there are some interesting aromatic elements to it -- some good, some not so good, such as dried apricots (yum), nectarines (yum), toasted marshmallow (no), and cotton candy (ok). Dry in the mouth, with some nice acidic citrus fruits, but the finish is extremely bitter and alcoholic. I'm glad I got to try it, but this is not a wine that I would buy for myself.
An evening with Sine Qua Non (Restaurant Bottles, Sas van Gent): Slightly less honorable and noble than the Body & Soul. Peach-yoghurt, banana-candy, marshmellow, limoncello, tiny hint of liquor-infused chocolate, floral notes of orangeblossom and jasmine. Wonderful nose, in the mouth it's searching for balance. It's a tad hot at the moment. Beautiful young wine, though. 18/20
Very impressive wine. Like a high end white Rhone, but at the very top. Matched very well with the Haddock, but also stood alone very well. Just wish I had more. Wonderful floral and melon flavors, smooth viscous mouthfeel, complex aromatics. Just a joy.
Rhone Dinner (Sun Wah Chinese BBQ): Johnny brought this to Sun Wah for our Rhone dinner with Jill and Greg too. Somewhat limited tasting notes. Lovely aromatics. Tropical fruit and just clean fresh air on an island. Stoney wet brioche laced with some butter and fresh lime zest. The palate is well endowed and really uniquely Old World in some bizarre ways. The wine was all about balance. There was not too much of any particular aspect - fruit, earth, rock, alcohol, acidity. Everything just...worked. I absolutely loved this wine and I almost agree with Parker who placed this at 97 pts.
69% Roussanne and 31% Viognier.......this shows a little more heat than I remember last? Might be my palate tonight. Rich and fresh pit fruit(apricot, peach, nectarine) as well as some baked apple and pear. Has beautiful florals of honeysuckle and jasmine...and drips with wild honey butter, smoked marshmallow, and some toasted hazelnut. Plenty of crisp orange citrus acidity to lift the rich fruit...but there is a sharpness to it, as well as that alc heat. Not the "perfect" balance that you expect from SQN. Again, might just be my palate at this given time....I do love the flavors...just not up to standard for me. I think some Chardonnay in the blend would have helped tone down some of the sharpness.....glad to see MK going back to it!
Beautiful bouquet with yellow fruits and good freshness. On the palate mild with soft tropical fruits, some honey and tart lime. Also some soft candy acidity which I usually don't like, but in this wine it is in its place. Complex and elegant wine. Still very youthful.
Thanks Blue Oval for sharing another SQN with us. Pale color with an initially reticent bouquet. Eventually opened a bit in the glass with aromas of apple, blanched almond, waxy white fruit and minerals...Rhonish. Flavors of white fruits and minerals, developing an acetone quality on the finish. 89-90 pts.
Tough to imagine what food this would pair with. Wild and wooly, big, greasy white Rhone flavors. Like a Beaucastel VV blanc on steroids. The complexity in this is off the charts, I just wish there was a bit more elegance.
Tasted at a charity event (GGFAGC/11). A very young with with potential. This was fairly deep in colour with a lemony nose to it. Very smooth on the palate where the lemons continued to show. Light in alcohol with a hint of a sour aftertaste. I would like to try this again in a year or so.
nose of lychee and petrol, and on the palate pear, tropical fruit, touch of wet stone and honey, and minerality with nice acidity. it was amazing the weight and viscosity of this wine yet the silky texture. 96-97
SQN Dinner (Lockkeepers): Golden in color, a bit darker than I would expect. The nose had a golden raisins note to it and alcohol. On the palate, this is slightly bitter. Tons of alcohol and a hot finish. With air, it smoothed out a bit and picked up a waxy note. Others liked this far more than I did and I suspect this will round out ore with age. Not my cup of wine though.
On first opening, I thought this was chardonnay, as it was only showing some pear, nuttiness, straw, and some butteriness. With time, the nose blossomed with riper pear, apricot, honey, mineral, hazelnut, mineral, and white flowers. Showed a real balance of body and finesse across the midpalate, with a long pleasing finish. Yowsa.....
Popped and poured. Haystack straw yellow-gold in the glass. Pineapple, flower notes, and a wet stone nose. Full bodied with a lanolin mouth feel. Thick without being heavy. White stone fruits, light honey flavor, some pineapple/tropical fruit notes, a mineral/stony streak and good acidity. Pleasant finish where the minerality comes through. This is pretty full throttle and will be better with some time in the bottle. California meets white Hermitage. Not a wine for everyone, but I like it.
With a deep gold hue, the honeysuckle, floral, peach, vanilla and petrol nose opens to a full bodied, robust, sweet, spicy, cantaloupe and petrol flavored wine. This is a blend of 69% Roussanne and 31% Viognier. This wine is not for everyone, but if you like a full throttle style of white Rhone, it could be up your alley.
Wineterfest 2011: Wine "C" of the white flight. Added to contrast with the chards of the flight. More golden color than the others. Nose of butterscotch, honey, maple, and some smokiness. Mouth echoed the nose - butterscotch, smokiness, honey, hint of citrus and banana. Also some chalkiness / minerality. Delicious. 3 1sts, 3 seconds.
Orange marmalade, pineapple, lemon curd on palate with amazing acidity. On the nose, along with the tropical fruit, a beautiful array of field flowers. Color was somewhat cloudy. I would have guessed Roussanne if tasted blind.
Like the hummingbird on the label looking for the perfect sip, golden color, nose has yet to show it self, flavors, just a kiss, not a food wine, flavors are easy to miss with anything thrown their way, on their own, just a pleasure to sip and enjoy, pure spring time and nectar in a bottle.
Good wine with soaring aromas of honey, clove spice, and sweet citrus. Smooth and round on the palate with good weight. I prefer some acidity in my whites which this was lacking, however, I can see how this could be a highly rated wine for those who prefer this style.
Slightly cloudy and not too deep in colour, this wine was poured 30 minutes after opening. Very well balanced with notes of vanilla and honey. No edges to it at all but got smoother after a short time in the glass. I enjoyed this and am curious how it drinks in another six months to a year.