Sine Qua Non Distenta II Grenache 2020 - 750 ML

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  • JD: 100
  • RP: 99

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Winemaker's Notes

The Sine Qua Non Distenta II Grenache 2020 is a captivating expression of Grenache that showcases the artistry and finesse of this noble grape. With its deep ruby color and inviting aromas, this wine immediately captivates the senses.

On the nose, layers of ripe red fruits intertwine with hints of blackberry compote, dried herbs, and a touch of floral essence. There is an enticing complexity, with subtle notes of baking spices and cedar adding depth to the bouquet.

The palate is velvety and plush, unveiling a symphony of flavors. Juicy red cherries and wild berries take center stage, accompanied by undertones of black pepper and a hint of savory earthiness. The wine's supple tannins provide a silky texture, while vibrant acidity adds brightness and balance.

Critic Ratings

Jeb Dunnuck - Rated 100:

The 2020 Grenache Distenta II is a blend of mostly 78% Grenache and the rest Mourvèdre, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and a tiny splash of Viognier. It's a ripe, sexy, insanely good barrel sample that has remarkable purity, tons of black raspberry and cassis fruits, perfect balance, full-bodied richness, and an already complex bouquet of violets, spice, and flowers. I continue to be blown away by what this estate seems to achieve with Grenache in just about every vintage.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Rated 99:

Still in barrel, the 2020 Grenache Distenta 11 is a blend of 77.9% Grenache, 9.4% Mourvèdre, 7.9% Syrah, 4.3% Petite Sirah and 0.5% Viognier. Fruit comes entirely from the Krankls' estate vineyards: Eleven Confessions (40%), Cumulus (33%), The Third Twin (21%) and Molly Aïda (6%). It was made with 29% whole clusters, predominantly Grenache. "Ten years ago, I was afraid of whole clusters," Manfred Krankl recalls. "Now, I quite like it, especially on Grenache, a little less so on Syrah." Matured about 23 months in 52% new French oak and demi-muids, it has a deep ruby-purple color and slowly opening scents of wild berry jam, burnt orange peel, black tea leaves and coffee beans. The palate is full-bodied yet light on its feet, with juicy, floral flavors and a dreamy texture woven from loads and loads of super-fine tannins.

Winery Sine Qua Non
Country/Region Central Coast, California
Year 2020
Grape Varietal Grenache
Size 750 ML
ABV 15.8%
Wine Style Red Wine

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