December 16, 2021 - Decanted a half hour before dinner. Interesting nose of horse sweat or more game meat and leather. Palate was a beast, not unbalanced, but waves of fruit and fennel and alcohol. After 2 hours it shut down. I can definitely see the resemblance to the few bottles of Next of Kyn and SQN I’ve drank but this seemed a little rougher around the edges. Maybe I caught it in an awkward phase.
July 16, 2021 - Fantastic - plums, charcoal, sois bois, raspberry popover, rhubarb, cigar humidor, blood
Keeping my next bottle for a special birthday in 2033
July 7, 2021 - 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape 99/100 point wine taste-off (and a couple of pirate Rhone wines): A couple of domestic pirates made their ways into the mix, specifically two Krankl creations (outside of the Chimere) – the Third Twin Nuestra Senora and the SQN Dirt Vernacular Grenache.
As I’ve stated before, the Nuestra Senora is a fantastic wine that takes some babying to get fully into its captivating beauty. At first pull, it’s a phat gushing of tempestuous and overwhelming fruit. Left alone in the glass for a while, it starts to become more finessed. Considering many of the 2016 CdPs were more than flirting with various aspects of modernity, the SQN/Third Twin wines were not out of place here. Hold the Nuestra for a number of years to best integrate and tame its wild child. It’s a thrilling wine to be sure.
June 28, 2021 - Comes out swinging and doesn't stop! Flavors roll over each other with some polte jostling for attention. Then they line up and present. Dark plum, ripe strawberry, tobaco notes. Long finish means your friend finishes his story before the flavor has left your tougue on a single sip. Must have been minutes on the finish.
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.
March 10, 2021 - Cassis and plum, wet soil, iron. Full throttle, intense wine but was pleasantly surprised by the balance and that 15.8% ABV was well hidden
December 26, 2020 - Loads of dark fruits, beautifully balanced, blueberry, adequate acidity, big, absolutely gorgeous. Lots of tart cherry on the finish
December 26, 2020 - I figured it’s SQN it’ll be amazing and I wasn’t disappointed.
Needs some decanter time but so far beautiful dark blue fruit and a touch of blueberry/açaí and black pepper. Gorgeous. Crazy young obviously.
2025-2035+? (97-100 range)
November 27, 2020 - Annual Friendsgiving Gathering (TLV's): Decanted about an hour. Dark inky color with aromas of currants and grapey black fruit. Hints of game and pepper underneath, as well as a subtle violet/floral quality. Full-bodied and youthfully firm tannins have a fine edge. Flavors of blue and black fruit, chocolate and spice. Lengthy finish. 93-94 pts.
November 27, 2020 - Opened by Allred. Splash decanted 1 hour before drinking. 15.8% alcohol. Big and full bodied. 53% Mourvèdre, 16% Syrah, 14% Grenache, 6% Graciano, 9% Petite Sirah and 2% Viognier. Inky black. Notes of carmel, dark chocolate and cassis. Charcoal finish. Needs plenty of time. 93 points