Starts off closed, showing little but hints of smoke and toast. Like so many great wines, it gets better the longer it sits in the glass, developing deep blackberry scents and herbal, Rhône-like notes. The lush, juicy blackberries on the palate would be simple on their own, but they’re accompanied by smoked meat, toast, vanilla and Provençal herbs. Rich and…
This is a very fine dry white wine. It’s intense in ripe fruit, but is hardly a bomb, the flavors reined in by superb acids, judicious oak and a minerality and earthiness that ground the power. A blend of Roussane, Viognier and Chardonnay.
Though, at present, it isn’t quite as powerful as past vintages, the winery’s newest Syrah still shows some classic SQN hallmarks, such as malted-milk and powdered-cocoa aromas and flavors, a smooth mouthfeel and dusty tannins. Smoke, ash and bacon fat notes appear on both the nose and the palate, as does a hint of green herb. Is, as always, an ode to ripe, juicy…
Still tastes young and jammy, with cassis, blackberry and cocoa flavors wrapped in rich, thick tannins, and very dry. It’s a pleasant wine without being spectacular, and I suspect it’s at its best now.