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08` SQN Kolibri and 06` SQN Hoodo Man white blends

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:23 pm
by Blake Brown
At a recent dinner, these 2 were drunk blind side by side:

2008 SIN QUA NON KOLIBRI SANTA BARBARA COUNTY- 69% Roussanne and 31% Viognier from Estate fruit plus 18% from Bien Nacido Vineyard; fermented in concrete eggs and aged in about 25% new French oak; it had a yellow orange color; the aromatics are almost overwhelming and I had to back off a bit to just discern the makeup; I got apricot, pear, papaya and honeysuckle; on the palate, there was cinnamon toast, lime, lemon, pear, honeydew melon and apple; it was delivered in a viscous textured substance that carried everything to the back end with gusto.

2006 SIN QUA NON HOODO MAN WHITE BLEND- 39% Roussanne, 31% Viognier and 30% Chardonnay; 75% from John Alban's vineyard and 25% from Eleven Confessions; it was aged in 58% new oak, the rest 1-2 year-old barrels and a small amount of stainless steel; the nose had a really sweet profile with honeyed pear, mango, citrus and a hit of ginger which continued on and was joined by spicy rich orange peel, lemon zest, peach and honeysuckle; it had a creamy lush mouthfeel and held on forever.