November 27, 2021 - Strawberry French candy (pate de fruit). Very feminine start. Grows more powerful. White and black pepper. More strawberry… fancy strawberry jam… or better yet, jelly. So much better on day two. This is a must decant, and I think it needs more time in the bottle. Still probably my least favorite SQN, likely because this is a hold meant for drinking long from now.
October 10, 2021 - Packed with blueberry/blackberry fruit but with a very elegant touch. There is clearly vanilla and a some flowers/spices but also a wonderful intensity.
The length is long and elegant with a very impressive acidity. It is clearly very primary but the elegance that it shows indicates great things for this wine. By elegant, I do not mean that it lacks fruit but simply that everything is has a wonderful balance and the fruit it not dense and the wine is not overdone in any way. Absolutely stunning!
September 23, 2021 - PnP based on where it is now, needs time to integrate.
September 10, 2021 - PnP at Park90 and scored on the basis of the wine's quality and the pleasure of the drinking experience. I tend to avoid SQN as I'm not a fan of heady wines, but this was perfectly balanced and firing on all cylinders. Intense and complex, this is a multilayered wine. Olive tapenade, tobacco, dark fruit, spices, bramble, and a faint vegetal note accompanied by a lick of menthol. It wore its 15.8% alcohol seamlessly and while obviously concentrated, the wine remained light on its feet. As someone else mentioned, the finely grained tannins are present but not obtrusive. Stylistic preference aside, it's hard to fault this wine. Fully open for business albeit in a primary phase. Going to go out on a limb and give this my highest CT rating to date (with the aforementioned caveats). Super.
August 21, 2021 - Bam! This is big round and lush with deep powerful intense aromatics. Multilayered mouthfeel with perfectly ripe and fine grained tannins. Massive but somehow retains balance.
August 15, 2021 - Again, keep missing on taking notes for this wine, amazingly consistent score however…
July 19, 2021 - PnP- enjoyed over 2-3 hours
Brooding and intense on the nose. Vegetal notes in front of blueberries, black raspberries and spice.
Concentrated and only with a tremendous depth of flavor that moves from black fruits and baking spices to tobacco leaves and a touch of menthol. It really tastes as if there is a bit of Cabernet in this Syrah.
The tannins are present but not obstructive. Really a remarkably balanced wine that only hints at the abv with its concentration, no heat whatsoever.
I figured that this would be early, but instructive nonetheless. Obviously still young and primary, but no less delicious for all of that- if you like young and primary wines. Interesting to see where this will go in 5-10 years.
July 15, 2021 - Short decant and enjoyed this bottle over a couple of hours at a wine bar with charcuterie. Rich and dense, but drinks really well for such a young wine. Tannins are firm, but well integrated. Deep ruby, medium-high viscosity, intense nose of black plum, graphite, and some oak. Medium acidity, full bodied, long finish. No heat or bite from the alcohol (15.8). 3-5 years, this will be even better.
July 10, 2021 - See previous note. Not my favorite SQN - probably because it needs more time in the bottle - but an excellent product. Hold.
July 8, 2021 - I have been on a run lately, with this wine extending the streak of specialness. I prefer the SQN Grenache and NOK Syrah, but this was still excellent. I drank it over three nights, and I think that my favorite was the three-quarter glass the last night. Silky with lots of vanilla. Huge wine though. Lots of complexity and richness. Based on my experience and palate, SQN/NOK is the best product out there.