This 2018 was originally called ‘Squeezebox’ but vintner Manfred Krankl changed the name shortly before bottling it. This newly released 2018 is a blend of 51% The Third Twin, 43% Eleven Confessions and 6% Cumulus—all SQN estate-owned vineyards. It is a blend of 82% Syrah, 6.7% Mourvèdre, 5% Petite Sirah, 2.3% Grenache, 2.7% Viognier and 1.3% Muscat. While it's more common to co-ferment Viognier into the Rhone-Red varietals, Manfred loves incorporating a touch of Muscat into the final blend for the sake of aromas and secondary notes. "Very deep garnet-purple colored, the nose kicks off with bright, vivacious scents of freshly cracked black pepper, licorice, baker’s chocolate, and menthol before opening out to a core just singing of Black Forest cake, wild blueberries and ripe blackberries with wafts of smoky bacon and garrigue. Full-bodied, firm and beautifully textured with perfectly ripe, velvety tannins, it has invigorating freshness and a very long, multi-layered finish. Its rock-solid structure and intensity suggest this wine will be very long lived indeed."- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.