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2016 The Third Twin NUESTRA SENORA DEL TERCER GEMELO The Third Twin Vineyard

Mourvèdre Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Santa Ynez Valley

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Community Tasting Note

  • csimm1161 wrote: 98 points

    June 7, 2021 - So, this was a wild ride of a wine, with a screaming baby and thundery boozy-blast start that luckily touches down at the right landing field after a succession of layovers and misconnections. I kept this thing on-Coravin for over two weeks; needle-in, gas-pour, needle-out – over and over again nearly every day, crossing my fingers that each small insertion of O2 would help to massage-out the slappy whack on this head-first-window-banging harpy. For the better part of forever, this was all up in my face and shoulder-checking me in the chin every time I'd give it a try. Every glass was like drinking a shaken jar full of wasps, with the stinging alcohol playing free-for-all cicada killer on my tongue. Pins and plums, needles and nutmeg, this Nuestra Senora del Tercer Gemelo de la Mujer Furiosa Quien Quiere Matarme Porque es una Chica Mala was all about ‘venganza’ up until the very final pours at the end of its two-week Bachelorette ‘journey.’

    Once the dust had settled and the final, final, final rose was handed out, I received this wandering peaky blinder gypsy into my heart. Still wild and spicy, but within the spectrum of superior flavor continuity and more seamless succulence, Nuestra Senora gives up remarkable boysenberry jam, plum, muddled raspberry, cardamom, soil, salami, herbs de Provence, and faint warm leather chair and garrigue flavors. The depth really fills in once the manic intensity settles down some, with complexity allowed to unfold with more direct purpose. Finishes exceptionally long, with nippy red fruit and red/purple Twizzlers notes darting in and out of the bass purple plum and darker berry fruit. The savory elements eventually come out to dance with the otherwise penetrating and concentrated big boy flavors making for an alluring combination of sultry and commanding.

    Basically, once this stops being such a fist-pounding agitator, its personality is allowed to truly blossom. A lot going on here that absolutely requires time in-bottle. This seems to be a recurring relational ping-pong that I have with young SQN I open early just to test drive them. Do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result, right?! Oftentimes long decants will remedy the awkwardness all in one shot, but waiting is highly advised. So, here’s the deal: Don’t open this for 7+ years. Better yet, make it 10+ years from now. This is powerful and potent stuff. 97-98+ point potential.

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  • RhoneWho commented:

    6/18/21, 11:33 AM - Hi CSIMM: Thanks for your notes. This is the closest one by SQN to Andremily Mourvedre … a good comparison to Jim’s wines so plush and ready to drink even on on the release year and higher % of mourvedre. It sounds Alban Mason mourvedre, the closest version to Andremily, is more ready to try than TT-NSDTG. Cheers! Heading to SF tomorrow!

  • csimm1161 commented:

    6/18/21, 5:36 PM - The Andremily Mourvedre is a much riper version, with seemingly more of a purple fruit profile when compared to this Third Twin. Of course, this has additional components in it beyond the 53% Mourvedre (to include 16% Syrah, 14% Grenache, 9% PS, 6% Grac., 2% Viognier), so a bit more ingredients than the Andremily. Side-by-side would be a fun experiment!

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