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2008 SQN "The Duel" Grenache
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In my humble opinion, SQN produces some of the best -if not the best- Grenache and Syrah based wines in the new world. And, they can easily duke it out with the best of the Rhone valley.

Yes, you must love big, fruit forward wines with high alcohol content (15.8% on this wine). But, you get rewarded by a balanced wine with several layers tastes and textures.

Enough of the waxing eloquent . . . this is my first posting on this portion of the forums, so excuse any missteps . . . here goes with the tasting notes:

COLOR: Deep Dark Purple
TASTE PROFILE: Stong tobacco notes. Deep dark ripe cherry undertones and some sense of spice in the background. I can't quite put my finger on the spice-notes and actually went to my spice cabinet to see if I could find an equivalent . . . coriander is the closest I have come, but the spice notes are more in the direction of middle-eastern spices. Again, I'm not great with the spice match here, so take that with a grain of salt
 
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How about cardamom?


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Originally posted by The Cabernet of Doctor Caligari:
How about cardamom?


I just smelled some a fresh-crushed pod of cardamom, and Yes, that is perhaps closer to my original coriander comment. Regardless of the exact spice, there is a nice spice note and this wine is fantastic!
 
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I love reading tasting notes. I hope I did not seem argumentative!

Cheers!


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Nice notes, Parcival. I had no idea what "Cardamom" was until now. You learn something new everyday!
 
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Originally posted by The Cabernet of Doctor Caligari:
I love reading tasting notes. I hope I did not seem argumentative!

Cheers!


Did not take it as argumentative at all. I was struggling to find the right description and your suggestion sent me in search of another good spice direction. Saving the last glass for tomorrow to see what else develops.

Have a great weekend!
 
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I think his Granache-based wines are brilliant. Can't wait to try this one.
 
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