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 - 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.
May 10, 2019 - Has not moved much since my March 2018 note: 'Dense yet with a degree of grace. Super dark purple/black, dark fruit, some floral aromas, hints of coffee.' I suppose it has settled down a tad, quite easy to drink for its size. No signs of heat. Excellent with a funky pork sausage I had while drinking this.
March 23, 2019 - 4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): Blind, though with both of our wines in the second flight I was fairly certain which they were. Deep opaque color. Notes of plum, black fruit, roasted meat and pepper. Loads of dark fruit on the palate. Hints of white pepper, violet liqueur and black cherry as well. Long finish. Easy to pick out as the syrah.
This had been decanted for about two hours before being rebottled. It then sat in an open bottle for 90 minutes before the flight was poured.
March 3, 2019 - Raid the Braxton Cellar (Braxton Cellar - Libertyville IL): Small glass, brief note from memory. Rich and powerful black plum and currant with spice showing enticing sweet and savory character. Still a little backward and not perfectly seamless tonight, but there is so much great stuff here that I'm confident it will come together as another 94-95 point wine, better 2021 forward.
February 2, 2019 - Decanted for two hours. Cassis, berry medley, fresh plum, dark cherries, gravel, blonde coffee, stone and Creole spice. Exceptionally long, full-bodied and velvety, with a very nimble, sensual undertone. Legendary and almost mind-altering, this has so much depth and is hardly meretricious. The current enjoyment is without question, however, this utopian, unctuous goddess will most certainly improve. For obvious reasons, I can’t wait to enjoy the Eleven Confessions bottlings. Cellar or decant. The palate is utter perfection. Drink 2022 -.