Not one of my most favorite sqn whites…second time i've had this one, and I think it needs a lot more time….still a little edgy and showing some heat fumes……pretty good dose of lemon/grapefruit citrus acidity…rich apricot, peach, pear fruit….hot buttered rum spice, smoked vanilla bean, peach tea…..wonderful honeysuckle, lemon blossom florals. Heat is still aggressive…and is in need of calming. Flavors are there…we just need that SQN balance magic! Try again in 5 yrs. +pts
This was drank with friends at a local steakhouse and it began a great evening of wines. When first poured, it was slightly cloudy at but then cleared up nicely after a short time in the glass. It was deep gold in colour. I still don't have a ton of knowlegde or experience with dry white wines but I really enjoyed this bottle. It had strong flavours of honey mixed with some orange citrus and a bit of caramel. It was very smooth and not as dry as other SQN whites that I have had. I would make the statement that this wine had a number of sweet dessert wine traits but ratcheted down a few notches.
Served blind. Some people thought Chenin, as this had that waxy/wooly notes, others thought Marsanne and/or Roussanne. There's even Gewurtz-like baked apricot flavors. But to my palate, way too sharp, lacking in elegance and the 15% alcohol is noticeable. Sarah and Jonathan's sausage fest.
Historic as this is my first ever Sin Qua Non wine. I waited at least 8 years to get on the mailing list and have let this sit for a couple of years. Deep yellow color and a boitris nose like a Sauternes. Let sit open for at least 2 hours and consumed over a few hours. waxy consistency, vanilla, pears, kiwi...integrated, viscous, long....very white rhone like on steriods. Nice.
Return to San Antonio II (Barbaro): Yes I went into this biased looking for the heat on a 15% white. There really isn’t much, it’s very concentrated, viscous on the palate, showing hints of roussanne and chardonnay (I didn't get much viognier like others). Long finish. I found it rather tiring though and hard to finish my half glass. Not sure what I would pair with this, but it would need to be rather rich fair.
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(Sine Qua Non The Monkey) Light medium golden color; intriguing, tart grapefruit, pink grapefruit, banana, Rainier cherry nose; tasty, rich, creamy textured, hazelnut, tart pear, tart apple palate; long finish (15% alcohol; 58% Roussanne, 23% Viognier and 19% Chardonnay)
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