Deep Ruby with pronounced aromas of black fruit, cigar box and floral aromas. On the palate blackberry, currant and plum flavors with cacao, tobacco and oak notes. Big fine tannins, long finish, good balance ending with fruit, savory earthy herbs and toasty cedar notes. Nice! — 5 days ago
Tasted blind. Dark red color. Fruit-forward nose with notes of black currants, violets, herbs, pipe tobacco, minerals and gravel and soil. Some menthol comes on later, as does a little brett thing (but only slightly). Rich and massive in the mouth. Flamboyant and powerful. Seems like it's fortified, as it really packs a wallop. Pretty awesome to put this up side by side with the 61 HB and compare. Both are all time greats, with the 61 HB a little better tonight given the slight bretty note that hangs around in the La Mish. (M's 60th bday 10th of 14) — 25 days ago
This vintage has aged better than the critics expected. An old world earthy nose. A relatively straight forward wine with a long yet non complex finish. Low alcohol level (I am guessing low half of 11%) makes for an approachable and enjoyable wine. Wine kept calling me back to pour another glass. — 2 months ago
This was my contribution for my local group’s “hurt locker” theme, where the goal is to bring a bottle that it hurts you to open. ‘67 Lafite, ‘78 Haut Brion, ‘91 Grange, ‘99 Grange, 06 Harlan, ‘12 Second Flight, ‘15 Screaming Eagle were some of the highlights.
The beauty of this wine for me is that it was opened almost on the 4yr anniversary of my first SQN (2011 Dark Blossom Syrah). Ever since then, I’ve been chasing that profile. For me, this sports the most “hermitage-like” of the SQN Syrahs I’ve had. A balance between high toned dark fruits (ripe blackberries, dark currant) with herbal dusted plums and black cherries. On the palate it shows a really pretty smoked meat/bacon fat note that certain Cote Rotie wines can show, and stops short of being overblown in a svelte/restrained package. The meatiness/savoriness of this wine is balanced by wonderful acidity with floral/potpourri notes and a hint of richness. Don’t pick up much whole cluster usage, but certainly a lifted profile. — a month ago
Tasted blind. Dark reddish tawny color, almost opaque. Dense in the glass. Notes of cola, high-pitched fruit, wood, herbs, gravel and some barnyard. Rich in the mouth with ample fruit. Long, lasting finish. Silky is an understatement. So youthful and in such a great zone, this seems like it could last another 60 years. We all settle on a guess that this is the 61 HB which I served last year at my bday so we have a recent data point to use. (M's 60th bday 9th of 14) — 25 days ago