It’s an unmitigated joy. As a varietal that’s always called Portugal it’s home- Virginia, as evidenced by this vintage in a series of them each improving by the year- May have become the varietals ‘vacation pied a tere’. And while I’m consistently impressed by the work that Stephen Barnard always seems to bring to the tippy top of its class no matter the blend or varietals therein- once again I’m loving this deep & yet fun-loving cuvée.
@justenjoy — 7 days ago
A little sweet, acidic, very effervescent. Strong yeast nose. — 6 days ago
Blend of mineralogy and fruit. First Portuguese rosé. — 13 days ago
Had with Penny in our first lunch after boarding the Queen Isabel cruise on Douro River. We’re in Porto. Brendan arranged for it; nice surprise! — 4 days ago
Medium garnet red with a hint of ruby. Lovely aged nose with notes of wood, tobacco, wet forest floor little raisin and dark cherries. Medium tannins (6/10) and medium bodied. Dry palate with notes of cedar, dried cherries and a touch of spice. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2022.
Had side by side with a 1985 Chateau Lascombes — 3 days ago
Full, yet surprisingly light ending — 4 days ago
Muito bom, acompanhado de um queijo bem salgado! — 13 days ago
Distinctive and spicy — 19 days ago
100% Touriga Nacional in a super restrained style. Acidity that craves food plus nice fruit without being fruity. Nice freshness. Still, pretty pricey. — 17 days ago
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! — 6 days ago