2005 Sine Qua Non “The Petition” white blend. 15.8% alcohol. “If All Else Fails.” The perfect day in Chicago. It's a still life water color, of a now late afternoon, as the sun shines through the curtained lace, and shadows wash the room. And we sit and drink our SQN (as Simon & Garfunkel & Sukley might say). Gorgeous yellow gold hues paint the glass. Brioche and buttered popcorn on the nose. Buttered burnt toast and petroleum along with stone fruits and waxy apricot on the palate. A viscous and unctuous masterpiece. Lingering finish. Good Lord I love these SQN whites! What else compares? I can’t think of another white I decant for several hours. 12 years young and evolving. I need to stockpile these wines. People drink em way too young. I sincerely believe his whites will rival Manfred’s reds in longevity. My favorites: The Bride, Twisted & Bent, The Hussy, Rien Ne Va Plus, HooDoo Man, Pearl Clutcher, and whatever comes next. The best of the best. — 10 days ago
There are worse ways to travel than with Sherry and Oysters at the Fortnum and Mason counter in Heathrow.
The wine was like the ambiance: comfortable, sleek, and stylish, but also a little rushed and, curiously, it felt, in transit. Still, worse ways to unwind a an airport after a long day. — 7 days ago
Admittedly, a bit intimidating disgorging your own 11 year old sparkler, but a super fun experience for a wine geek. As far as I know, this is only production available like this for retail. 100% Pinot Noir and obviously on the lees since bottling and at a great price. Oh yeah, and the wine is awesome. More muscular in body but fresh strawberry and cherry flavors with a salty minerality. Very long finish. If you see it, get it. — 11 days ago
Wonderful thought-provoking bottle. Golden and unctuous. Highly perfumed and flavored. Dried apricots, lemon/lime oils, a lot of nuttiness. Minerals and earth sneak in there with touches of honeycomb. Bright finishing zing and a two minute finish. There is a lot of nuance as well under the big flavors. — 3 days ago