Heritage Blind Wine Challenge (The Milling Room): Wine #8: I thought the hardest of all of the wines to place this one was all over the place. In fact, the Burgundy earlier in the flight was the closest of the wines to an '01 SQN Grenache we'd had about a week before and so I didn't even think of it for this. Again some cough syrup flavors, there's a candied aspect to it that I do often get on SQN wines, but there wasn't the exploding plethora of flavors that I expect and some of the elegance was missing (perhaps because it was on the heels of an older Bordeaux).
Heritage Blind Tasting Challenge (Milling Room): Served double-blind. Sweet, jammy, powerful, ripe, dripping black fruit, noticeable oak, hint of VA. Lots of extract, lots of ripe, rich tannins, surprisingly decent acid and the tannins are from fruit, not oak. No real complexity, but it's pretty darn tasty even if it's kind of boring. No real varietal character to me, but obviously a CA wine. I guessed a 2009 Maybach cab. First time I've ever tasted an SQN and given my usual AFWE preferences I was pleasantly surprised, although I'd never pay the $250 or whatever it is this costs. I may have to surrender my AFWE card now though.
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