Drank with dinner at Capo in Santa Monica. Great bottle. Wow wine. Nose and palate loaded with berries and violet notes. Amazing how rich and lush these wines are, without being at all heavy. Terrific Grenache. And none of the heat one might expect with 15+% alcohol. Drinking wonderfully.
Cavs-GSW Pregame (Paul B. comes to CLE) (Somewhere on E. 4th street): Paul brought this so it was pnp and the restaurant. Purple in color. The nose has loads of black cherries. Also some black raspberries and spice with a bit of floral notes. On the palate, this is juicy with loads of black cherry and black raspberry fruit. Some spice. Lots going on here, and a little air would help it. Still, a delicious wine and a great showing.
Deep purple color with a bouquet and flavor of plum-flavored cotton candy. Marvelous balance with a caressing texture, which glides into a long finish. Now this is Grenache with a vengeance. Forget those costly Rhones (albeit mostly blends) that cost a fortune, and after years of cellaring, often disappoint. Try Australia, Spain, and first of all California. This is another example of California rising.
This was a favorite of the ladies and I can't say I blame them. Drank next to '95 Mouton and '09 This is Not an Exit Syrah. Silky smooth, loads of fruit, and just enough tannin to fill the palate. Decanted for 2 hours and it was drinking beautifully. Wonderful right now and likely has another 5-10 yrs if not more.
[Decanted about 5pm for Dan H's birthday dinner around 7pm. The sibling to yesterday's B 20.] Nose of ripe smoky red fruits. Rich, thick and silky in the mouth. Huge and complex. Still has plenty of tannin, but it is overwhelmed by the fruit. A mouth-coating wine with a very long complex finish. Very impressive.
Aerated with a Vinturi and decanted for two hours. Aromatic nose of blackberry, raspberry, cherry, chocolate, coffee, anise, underbrush and spice. Jammy blackberry and black cherry combine with chocolate, coffee and spice notes on the palate. Leads to a very long finish with waves of flavor. Full bodied, well balanced with a layered texture. Outstanding Grenache. Paired with Filet Oscar.
Massive body and lush. Inky and deeply concentrated sweet tobacco, black cherry, lavander and smoked vanilla. Texture was smotthe yet with substantial grip. Chocolate and red meat notes escort the very long finish. Outstanding wine. Better with a little more rest. 9-19-9-9
Decanted for 4 hours and then rebottled for 3 days. Drank with an amazing Cowboy Ribeye. Effusive aromas of dark berries followed by a smooth but young palate with berries, bramble and the glycerol mouthfeel of great Grenache. Long finish and a long life ahead. 50+14+14+9+9=96(+?)
This was popped and poured at a local valley fair. Clear and a very deep garnet red in colour, this wine's nose was filled with candied cherries. The wine was fantastic from the first pour and these cherries were very present in the glass along with some caramel as well. The wine is quite strong on the tannins and the acidity was at a nice level. Although it's quite strong in alcohol percentage, this wine doesn't seem to be "in your face" strong. Overall, this was a wonderful bottle.
Vin carafé une heure puis bu pendant le repas sur une heure. Robe rouge très foncée avec des reflets violets, nez doux avec des notes de mure, bouche très ample avec un vin qui caresse tout le palais, une sensation sucrée est d'abord perçue puis des notes de mures, de cerise, puis de vanille. Cette note de vanille perçue en finale reste longtemps dans la bouche après avoir avalé le vin. Un vin très américain, très bien travaillé, dont on ne sent pas du tout l'alcool pourtant élevé (15,7%) : plusieurs convives l'ont comparé à du porto. Très bon vin quand on veut boire quelque chose de vraiment exotique (par rapport aux vins français ou italiens par exemple). Mais un peu fatiguant si bu sur une base régulière (donc pas plus d'une fois par an pour moi)
Composed of 87.5% Grenache, 11% Syrah, 1.5% Viognier. Nice fat texture with flavors of red licorice, lavender, bright currants, and cherry Chapstick. Decanted 5 hours. Young and vibrant with plenty of tannins and alcohol (15.7%). Give it a few years to mellow.
Sunday Night Sine Qua Non Dinner (RPM Steak - Chicago IL): Firm black fruit with lots of spice aromas and prominent cassis character. Most prominent tannins in the flight for right now, I didn't find this as well balanced as most others, but this was one of the youngest wines tonight. My first time tasting both the SQN 2008 Grenache cuvees. Both need more time.
Terrific layers of fruit, with excellent weight and concentration, yet balance. With a good does of air, this bottling is beginning to show very well as the flash of youth integrates and complexity emerges. Good upside in the coming years.
nose -licorice mouth - licorice, licorice, blackberry, raspberry, sleek and concentrated, enjoyable but somewhat simplistic and very modern in style. I liked the 1999 Clerico Pajana Barolo much better. I think there's too much deification of this going on.
This was drank at a restaurant in Calgary. It was decanted for approximately 30 minutes prior to drinking. This wine was still a bright and youthful red in colour and it was perfectly clear. The nose had bouquet of red grapes the some caramel. In the beginning there was also some prunes to it but those seemed to go away after a small amount of time in the glass. These grapes were also tasted alongside some cherries and caramel. The tannins on this wine were still quite strong and the acidity was not overly present. I was quite surprised after tasting this to read that it is 15.7% alcohol as I would have guessed more in the 14.5% based on tasting it. I enjoyed this bottle.
The was decanted for 30-45 minutes and drank at a local restaurant. The wine was clear and not too deep garnet in colour. It had a slightly funky nose to it that I can't quite pinpoint. If I had to try, I would say that it could best be described at very slightly moldy. I was a bit concerned by this but it seemed to settle down once some air mingled with it. In the glass was a very nice wine that showed flavours of red cherries and some caramel. The tannins were noticable still but not overbearing and the acidity was at a nice level. This SQN is drinking well right now.
Textbook example of the heights that can be reached with domestic Grenache. Elegant, smooth, almost ethereal, but balanced with a wonderful purity and richness of fruit that had me staring at the glass wondering how Manfred made this wine. I served it blind to my wife, who stopped in her tracks. She put down the glass of rose she had, and ended up taking my last glass as well.
very generously shared by Jersey Foodies at a Central Jersey CT Off-line held at Peking Duck House (NYC). should have been blown away by this wine. unfortunately, i have to say that i was not very impressed. perhaps it suffered bottle shock from traveling. perhaps it needed decant and more aeration. somehow, it just did not come together as anything particularly special or memorable. also have to say that there was so much going on at the table that it may have been difficult to pay adequate attention. coming back to the wine 20 minutes later into the tasting, it still had not opened up to strut its stuff. will have to see what people are saying about it in five to ten years.
TTTG; 3/27/2014-3/28/2014 (Coventry, CT): Slow oxed 12 hours, splash decanted 2 hours prior, tried over one day. Very pronounced ripe, dense red and black berry. Somewhere underneath that is some herbal and meaty notes. Silky, full-bodied. Medium very fine tannin and medium acid. Long finish with (surprisingly) only a slight alcoholic note. It is a bruiser. It may be a good accompaniment for a burger. It has no sense of place (unless "solid state winery" is a place). I don't like the style, but there is no denying that for over-engineered wine, this is very well engineered, nicely structured, and velvety soft. (group's 9th of 10 by consumption volume, though the group leans heavily old world)
This isn't quite as dense and extracted as the Saxum Broken Stones poured alongside, but it's pretty heavy and unappealing all the same. There's a lot of red berried fruit at the core here but it has a jammy, confected quality, and it's cloyingly sweet and heavy on the palate with little acidity, elegance or finesse. Another easy candidate for the spit bucket, but the finish is far too persistent for my liking with a strong alcoholic burn on the back end.
Aerated to decanter for 30 minutes, served non-blind. Dark ruby toward purple, no sign of age. Powerfully aromatic, but purity trumps ripeness, wood, etc., allowing for a compelling array that included cured meats, soy sauce, brown sugar-coated raspberries, a healthy dose of funk (interesting, earth and evolving fruit-type funk, not poopy, pigsty funk). Full bodied, but so well lifted it comes across nearly medium bodied -- until the the tannins kick in and the seriousness of this effort becomes fully known. That's not to say it can't be enjoyed now, and yes, I'd have preferred this had more aeration than it received; sure would love to see this in 3-4 years as it appears there's still some (slight) integration and necessary evolution yet ahead. 15,7% abv, drink thru the apocalypse. recommended
Great dark fruits with essences of bacon fat, beef and forest floor. Spicy and sweet at the same time. Great ripe fruit in balance with acidity, leading to a very smooth and seamless finish. Although SQN's wines are typically giants, I think this one can be enjoyed now.
What a gorgeous expression of grenache (blend contains 11.5% syrah and 1.5% viognier). Tannins were tight initially but alleviated as the wine spent more time in the decanter. Some oak was present initially but it succumbed to sexy opulent fruit (cherry, blackberry) and a nearly minute long finish. Hope to procure another bottle down the road to enjoy in a few years or so. This spirit will haunt me for awhile. Cheers!
I really enjoyed this wine. One of the tasters described it as the perfect Christmas wine. It definitely had notes of evergreen and spice. The finish lasted about 40 seconds. This was a great example of grenache. I would absolutely purchase this again even at the high tariff.
Syrah and Grenache at Blackstone Steakhouse (Blackstone Steakhouse Norwalk CT.): Drank this towards the end of a stellar lineup of wines but it more than held its own. This nose was simply intoxicating with aromas of raspberry, cherry, blueberry and kirsch. This wine really exemplifies power and finesse because it really hits a cord but doesn't have a hard edge. Drinking really well and very well balanced, I got flavors of blueberry, blackberry, herb and boysenberry that lead to an engaging 45-50 second finish. A outstanding effort!
Decanted 3+ hours, followed over a few more. 15.7% ABV
Day 1: Grenache, Syrah, and Viognier...love it...raspberry, strawberry, cherry, vanilla, cured meat, pepper...then shows much more...florals, soy sauce, lemon peel, hint of hoisin/plum, molasses, leather...all kinds of depth.
The alcohol pokes its way through that depth a bit though. Long finish, 60+ seconds. Silky smooth tannins.
Leftovers rebottled and recorked overnight.
Day 2: This has opened up a bit more, but it's not a huge difference between yesterday and today. Still get a bit of alcohol on the finish, but aside from that a great bottle as always from SQN.
Needs some time in a decanter if drinking in the next few years, and will drink well for easily another decade after that.
Decanted for just over an hour. Eggplant in color with a thin crimson rim. The nose exemplifies perfection..... Showcasing hot lava rock, sliced plum, apricot, espresso, mahogany and white pepper. There's range and plenty of depth, then the perineal balance that is very common with the modern-era Sine Qua Nons. Gushing on the long and well-framed finish. Decant, please decant... Drink now - 2025
This wine is in a really good place right now. I brought it to a local west coast restaurant where it was decanted for 45 minutes. The colour was an amazingly bright and vibrant purple. In the nose as well as the tastebuds was an overwhelming mix of cherries and other red berries. Even though this wine is quite strong on the alcohol levels, you would never know it as the balance (including the acidity and tannins) was wonderful. Im sure that these bottles have years ahead of them to age but if you have these in your possession, enjoy one now.
Decanted for 2,5 hours. This wine was sweet and ripe. Good elegance too. Well made. Everyone loved it - apart from me. That is to say there was good quality here. And it clearly need more age. It just didn't touch my heart.
Sine Qua Non the Cult of Cults; 10/10/2012-10/11/2012 (Roberson Wine, South Ken, London & The Square, London): Dark, violet red in colour. Just by the colour and the legs on the wine glass we started to think 16% and it was 15.7%. Dark concentrated fruit, dark cherries on the nose. Rich exuberant nose. On the palate it feels well structured, lush, powerful , good fruit from start to finish and in general it feels like a proper powerhouse of a wine. Some heat on the finish but given 3-5 years ( if we can draw on past experience of the 2005 atlantis Grenache and the 07 pictures later on) this will be a wine to savour assuming one likes the style. 94 at the moment.
A truly symphonic wine. Haydn or Brahms, not Beethoven. The most supple endless bottomless aromatics (100 score) at dinner and up to 4 months later when the bottle was still efferevescent (not kidding). Color a lovely dark ruby with classic violet tinged Grenache meniscus. The aromatic prelude gives way to a forward palate lacking perfect attack (this is the only fault, why its not a 100 wine), but at mid palate the wine blossoms, layer by layer into a full, astoundingly well balanced orchestra: deep bass notes, lush strings, singing brass and woodwinds, even cymbal and triangle. The finish is a perfectly even decay, long and sweet; the orchestral crescendo fading in a cathedral as light streams through clerestory stained glass. A nearly perfect blend of red and black fruit, powerful yet slightly feminine tannins, beautifully integrated wood and earth - a masterwork from Manfred and Elaine Krankl. Technical notes: 750 ml bottle, bought direct (no shipping) from a broker/ collector on the SQN list, gently decanted to Riedel Cabernet-style crystal for 1.25 hours, poured to Riedel Sommelier Bordeaux-style glasses, enjoyed by 3 at Casanova in Carmel, CA in July 2011 over a period of 2 hours, paired with various hearty pasta and meat dishes. Shared with the sommelier ;-)
found in hawaii for a crazy price (for a restaurant anyway, $250 at Roy's Ka'anapali) so had to try it, drank w/Eric/Louise/Tiffany on ChrisNix' bday, very nice right out of the bottle, nothing earth shattering on the nose - nice fruit, on the palate it was delicate and feminine but still full bodied... fruit was prominent and i'm inclined to say on the red side but there was a touch of 'grapey' in there (which i usually don't like but here is was nice), also some nice grainy tannins to give it some edge... lovely, and loved by all
Although very young, the 2008 THE Line Grenache is a true gem and certainly another of Manfred Krankl's masterpieces. The fruit is astonishing, this bottle is fully packed with everything. Yet there is the so SQN typical close to perfect integration between the components. I notice the acidity and the classy oak and they are both beautiful. Tannins say hello too, but in a very eloquent and benevolent way. This wine will be marvelous with a few more years in the bottle. (score is 97+)
Great bottle. Decanted for about an hour with a ton of butterscotch (yes, butterscotch) emerging from the decanter. This went away as we poured. What a wonderful aroma that completely enveloped (and cleared) my sinuses. This was a first time SQN for everyone else at the table...a real treat to share.
I thought this was fantastic. All the normal things you expect from SQN, but this one, compared to the prior few vintages, seems much more smooth on the palate and finish with no hard edges, contained alcohol, etc. Great fruit, nice depth, good acidity.
Only got a touch of this but my impressions were that this was a very good wine. Nice soft nose of raspberries, dark fruit with a nice spice and somewhat herbal nose to it. This need some time but it tasted very good this night.
Drank over 3 hours, not recanted....rich, balanced nose of lilacs and lavender with red and dark fruit components. Surprisingly balanced out of the bottle, nose carries through to the palate, rich dark fruit with a subtle hint of chocolate, integrated tannins...
2011 Special Session 3 - Mid week lunch: Alcohol :: 15.7% Decanted for 3hrs. Deep ruby red with purplish hue. Incredible aromatic and fresh with stunningly complex layer of sweet licorice, all sorts of sweet dark and red fruits, spices, vanilla, rose syrup and smoke meat. Deeply concentrated, incredible richness and power yet wonderfully balance with excellent freshness and focus that offer stunning purity and finesse. 15.7% alcohol but not alcoholic nor heavy at all. The structured and tannin is there, but perfectly balance by the concentration of this delicious juice with inner perfume of rose syrup, violet that drive toward the sweet, juicy, succulent finish with great detail, dark and milk chocolate aftertaste, and most importantly, clean. Amazingly delicious now and I could understand why ppl can't take their hand off this.
An evening with Sine Qua Non (Restaurant Bottles, Sas van Gent): Wildly expressive nose, good spice, not too sweet, tannines are ripe and a little rough at the moment. Just like they ought to be. Nice and tight, good focus. Have to be careful, I'm starting to appreciate those Grenaches... Crunchy, ripe cherries, milk chocolate, patisserie. Enormously concentrated, no grace yet. The future is promising here. 18+/20
To start with; for a wine with 15.7% alcohol this is an impressive wine, because the alcohol is not disturbing at all. There is dark fruit, beautiful (sweet) spiciness, soft tannin with a good bite and beautiful acidity. Refined, complex and elegant, still youthful and a future of at least a decade. I would love to taste/drink this again around 2020. 96++
4th Saturday group "uptown" tasting (Joe P's): Deep ruby/crimson color. Initial aroma of grapefruit, followed by vanilla, then dill, followed by red fruit, spice and cherry. Flavors of red fruit and spice; finishes with a bit of alcohol. 91-92 pts.
This received 4 (out of 12 possible) votes from the group for WOTF, edged out by the Togni. Once again, I am underwhelmed by an SQN Grenache. I double decanted this about 6-7 hours before it was tasted in this flight.
Dark purple core, barely lighter at rim. Forward nose of cherry, blackberry, smoke, clean earth. Full-bodied, intensely rich ripe fruit with good balance and length, smooth on back palate with no fading, remains intense long after swallowing. Outstanding-extraordinary.
pop ans pour. drank over 3 hrs. wow the fruit explosion. didn't really open up much over the time drinking it, but what it did give up was pure. Don't really notice the alcohol. long sweet finish, but not over the top sweet. Overall, yes expensive but always a pleasure to drink the sQn.
Splash decanted for an hour and consumed over a couple hours. Dark garnet purple color, tending towards translucent. Expressive nose of blackberry cobbler, pepper spice, and wood smoke. Heavy bodied for a grenache with good acidity. Ridiculous levels of concentration. Blackberry fruit, cinnamon, cardamon, white pepper, crème brûlée. Multiple layers of flavor that keeps changing in the mouth. 45+ second finish with sweet black fruit, followed by baking spices, white pepper and a significant tannic presence. Definitely classic quality.
Dark wild berry fruit, Kirsch liqueur, dusty cocoa bean/white pepper spice, lilac florals. This is intense and dripping with flavor....pretty spicy and with a good dose of dried wood to it(which I love!). The fruit is creamy, not at all too sweet, but fresh crushed and pureed. Wonderful subtle complexities of smoked cherries in chocolate, tobacco leaves, red velvet cake. Another killer SQN....plenty of room to age gracefully. +pts
The person bringing the wine must have mugged the UPS driver in front of his house to get it in time for dinner as the wine was opened the day it arrived. Smoke, coffee, blueberry, blackberry and slate aromatics made up the perfume. This ripe, fat, sexy, plush wine floated across your palate. There was not a hard edge to be found. No heat was detected in the wine, even though it was 15.7% percent alcohol by volume. The wine finished with layers of Maraschino cherry liqueur.
Okay, I've now had all the dry wines from the most recent delivery. I believe these are some of the best wines the Krankls have delivered. Much like the B 20 Syrah, this shows differently than pretty much every other Grenache I have ever had from SQN. but it is oh so good. I get strawberry custard, creme brûlée, and forest floor on the nose. The palate mirrors, and it is an interesting mix of full-of-gusto new world with strands of stately elegance and old world restraint. The finish is super long, and the mouthfeel is light yet dense at the same time. Excellent stuff! (PE: 96)