November 8, 2019 - My first bottle. 80.5% Syrah, 7% Petite Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre, 2% Grenache and 3.5% Viognier. Sourced from estate vineyards (37% The Third Twin, 36% Eleven Confessions and 27% Cumulus). 34% whole cluster. Not decanted but opened 2 hours before drinking. Inky black red color. Saddle soap and alcohol on the nose. Full bodied. Notes of evergreen, currant, cinnamon, olive and tobacco. This was more open and approachable than I expected. 95+ points.
October 29, 2019 - Deep and dark ruby red. Powerful nose with olives, smoked meats, bramble berries, grpahite, baking spices and gravel. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Complex palate with currants, black olives, savory nuances, smoked herbs, nutmeg and a little bit dark crushed gravel. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2038.
October 25, 2019 - The highlight here is the very high complexity and the very fine structure. Not as soft and airy as the SQN Grenache wines but still very fine and delicate for such a dense wine. Still, this wine is too young today. Too dense. It still needs to shed some baby fat and calm down. I expect it to be much better in 5 or 10 years time. 95 to 96 points today with potential for more in a few years time.
TN: Dark fruit, lots of dark olives, dark chocolate, red fruit, herbs, meaty and gamey notes and with a strong backbone of minerality. Aroma wise, this has it all. Intense, very precise and with great length. Dark and dense. There’s a wall of very fine tannins and with a good freshness but the acidity is not yet perfectly integrated. The harmony and balance definitely have some improvement potential.
Decanting: I would give it a very long decant (5-7h) if you open a bottle today.
October 19, 2019 - High intensity stuff here. Meaty and herbal showing black tea and black coffee. Ripe dark berry and some perfumeStill lots of unintegrated acidity and astringent tannins - but no doubt a question of time for all pieces to find perfect harmony. Otherwise a fresh, intense palate with a long finish. Love it. Having tasted the Kongsgaard Hudson Syrah 2014 just a couple of days before this came across similarly intense, but more refined and elegant. Over time some sweet spices popped up as well. 98++
August 18, 2019 - Thank you Krengel's for the invite
So many SQN so little time
Others were mostly very new world and very high alcohol
I found this beauty more demure ,delicious with some old world characters
OK it was my bottle and I focused on it a little more than all the others
To try all the wines available made me feel lucky to be alive
August 17, 2019 - SQN & BBQ (The Krengels - Bannockburn IL): Small glass, brief note from memory. Even more painfully young than the 2013 Grenache, and also showing so much promise already. Long, bold, powerful, all with a sense of emerging balance, I have high hopes for a 95+ point wine 2021 forward.
July 24, 2019 - Wow, what a Syrah! Second by a point to 2012 Alban Lorraine, but just a delight to drink. Big flavor profile and super smooth, fills the mouth. Fat and meaty yet classy. A treat to drink.
June 17, 2019 - just the right amount of sweet
June 8, 2019 - PnP, still very young as expected, blackberry, currants, charred meat, anise, licorice, asphalt, toasted oak, crazy levels of flavor intensity with a sexy silky palate. It hides its alcohol extremely well, and overall this is an exceptional wine, I just don’t see the perfection, lacks some mid palate structure and the finish doesn’t keep changing of flavor like I get with wines I feel are perfect. At this point I’m being picky however, I don’t think anyone would be disappointed Drinking this at any time.
May 15, 2019 - Awesome wine. Could use a few more years in the cellar.