International Wine Cellar | 94
(includes 6% grenache and 3% viognier) Glass-staining purple. Highly aromatic nose combines blackberry, cassis, violet, truffle, graphite and cola, with a strong note of cracked pepper. Juicy, precise and shockingly delicate for a big boy (15.5% alcohol), with intense flavors of dark berry compote and candied violet. This has both weight, silkiness, and a strong, energizing core of minerality. Very suave on the back end, finishing with very suave tannins and superb lift.
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A big wine that needs some breathing time. It was a bit tight when we first opened. We use the slow oxygenation for about 20 hours. It opened up and became very impressive. Fruity, aromatic and dense with long finish. Excellent wine! I think it demands at least three hours of decanting.
Consumed over two nights. Better after a few hours of air, as most SQN are. Very concentrated, with tons of blue fruits, bacon fat, meat, anise, and smoke. Another killer SQN!