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Dirt Vernacular Grenache Blend 2016

2016 Sine Qua Non "Dirt Vernacular" California Grenache. The blend is 78% Grenache, 11.5% Mourvedre, 7% Touriga Nacional and 3.5% Petite Sirah, dominated by estate fruit, but some 9% came from the Krankl's blocks at Bien Nacido Vineyard that are farmed to their specifications. 16% alcohol. So for me, it all started with “Incognito.” Greatest Grenache I’d ever tasted. Simply stunning and still one of my favorites. How do you top that one? Well then “The Inaugural” showed up. Phenomenal!Then it’s “Ode To E.” Y’all know I absolutely LOVE that wine! Oh but wait, here comes “Trouver L'Arène.” Exquisite! And just in case you missed them all, now there’s tonight’s selection. And I’m pleased to report that the streak continues. As I’ve mentioned previously several times, Grenache is quite possibly the most difficult and finicky grape. But what really sets SQN apart is the final blend. Simply stated, Manfred is a genius when it comes to blending. If you have one, feel free to pull the cork as this wine is absolutely open for business. About a 3 hour decant at cellar temperature, the nose is, as usual with SQN, mind blowing. Cherries, plums, pepper, teriyaki, kirsch and a bouquet of roses. Full-bodied, ultra-rich, multi-layered palate-staining ripe black fruit smorgasbord. Tremendous depth and purity. What a finish! The parade of excellence marches on! — 12 days ago

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Just unpacked my bottles a couple days ago, not on the Allocation list so $250.00 each🤷🏼‍♂️, still not bad for a 💯 SQN
Joseph Barsky

Joseph Barsky

Wow! Great to hear that it is in the same league as the Inaugural and Ode to E! Have yet to open a Trouver L’ Arene or Dirt Vernacular so thanks for the youngster notes!

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B 20 Syrah 2008

Not my style. Overrripe fruit. Unremarkable. — 18 days ago

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A Shot in the Dark Syrah 2016

10 year waiting list — 25 days ago

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Ratsel 16 Syrah 2016

2016 Sine Qua Non "Rätsel 16" Syrah, originally “Cypher 16,” renamed because of potential legal problems with the rock band? Not sure of the backstory on that one, but it’s pretty clear that Rätsel (enigma, mystery, puzzle, riddle) is simply the German word for Cypher (a secret or disguised way of writing; a code). The wine however, not the band, is a monster. Gargantuan really. Typical SQN nose, and black as a moon-free, starless night sky in the stem. Tonight’s photo should not to be confused with Katie Bouman’s Black Hole masterpiece, although no light can escape from either. Very tight upon opening, singing an aria 36 hours later. SUPER concentrated with unlimited upside potential. More detailed tasting note to come. Yet another stunner! — 11 days ago

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@Roman Sukley Roman Good post Cheers 🍷
Joseph Barsky

Joseph Barsky

36 hour decant or corked the bottle and came back later without gassing? Thanks for your newborn assessments!

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Raven Series No. 1 Grenache 2006

Needed a longer decant but wonderful. Dad was skeptical “Grenache - what’s that?”. You have had it before dad, it’s good. Skeptical/irritated look. Ok, very little. Converted. Back three times for “just a little/ah might as well/yeah finish it off”. Kept it at his end of the table. — 25 days ago

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Love it !
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@Norman Gennaro Norman Dad sounds like my kind of buddy Cheers 🍷

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Female Grenache 2013

A study in power, grace and femininity. Closest thing I’ve experienced is a Cuvée de Capo CnDP, and this rivals it. Gob-smacking but loaded with layers of flavours - white flowers, tangy red fruit, smoked meat, licorice. No sign of 15.7% alcohol. Can only imagine how well this might age. — a month ago

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Piranha Waterdance Syrah 2014

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9.7

One of the most open knit SQN Syrahs I’ve ever had. I got to this after it had been opened maybe 30mins and it was singing! A wine that envelops all the senses. Smoked brisket, teriyaki sauce, iron, stemmy blackberry aromatics. A plush and iron fist in a velvet glove on the palate. Glycerin like texture. Ripe blackberries and rhubarb pie in the middle with a savory, smoky finish that lasts forever. Incredible! Thank you @Keith Fisher — a month ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

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I want some!
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@Hugh O'Riordan : Simply incredible!

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Jusqu'à l'Os Grenache 2013

Manfred. Grenache. QED. — 10 days ago

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E° Rosé Blend

10 year waiting list- Grenache — 25 days ago

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Dangerous Birds Grenache

YAYAYAYAY!!!🍷🍷🍷🍷 — a month ago

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That’s working tonight. Shit, that’s working every night!
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@Bodil Martin Cheers 🍷