2006 Sine Qua Non "The Raven" Series No. 5
I decided to cut my SQN French class today with all the new French named SQN labels and go slightly old school with the Raven. But instead, I found myself still mired squarely in the Northern Rhône Valley. Perhaps Manfred should have named this one “Corbeau” or “Noir Comme du Charbon” because this one has me thinking Guigal La La. As these older SQN’s age, they seem to take on more Northern Rhône characteristics. A blend of 93% Syrah, 5% Grenache, and 2% Viognier primarily from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard with small quantities from the Bien Nacido and White Hawk vineyards. Bottled after spending 22 months in oak casks. Potpourri of sweet black and blue fruits, forest floor, Asian spice, bacon fat, tar, black olives and spring flowers on the almost overwhelmingly sumptuous nose. Mind-blowing really.
On the palate, blackberry jam, cracked white pepper, cherries, cinnamon, tobacco and allspice. Opulent mouthfeel. Ethereal texture. Dense, seamless, elegant. Complex, bold, rich and layered. So much finesse. “Tres Bon”Mr. Krankl!
— 9 days ago
Totally impressed with how this syrah has held up after almost 13 years (bought it upon release at the winery). Terrific combination of primary and secondary aromas on the nose, this wine has a degree of elegance on the palate one rarely sees with syrahs from Paso. Great acidity, but balanced by layers of fruit and glycerin that give the wine a rich mouthfeel despite its age. For anyone that thinks a wine from Paso can’t age well, try a bottle of this! — 11 days ago
A very pretty color of dark ruby with a wide purplish rim.
Fruity nose of bing cherries, black currants, blueberries, wildflowers, sweet raspberries, wood, licorice, mint, graphite, earth, light barnyard, vegetables and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity. Smooth with long legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, oak, vanilla, bitter herbs, pencil lead, spices, green vegetables, black olives, tobacco leaf, earth and peppercorn.
Medium plus in finish with soft tannins, spices and tangy cranberries.
This is a great Syrah from Santa Barbara County, California. Well balanced and complex with nice fruits and earthy notes all intermingled.
Needed an hour and a half to open up properly. Drinking nicely now, but will be nicer in the next couple of years.
Good by itself as a sipping wine or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, olives and jams.
A blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Unfiltered and unfined.
15.7% alcohol by volume.
$45. — 9 days ago