Sine Qua Non Distenta III Grenache 2021 - 750 ML

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  • JD: 99
  • RP: 98

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Winemaker's Notes

Sine Qua Non Distenta III Grenache 2021 presents an enchanting bouquet with an array of red fruit aromas, including ripe strawberries, raspberries, and cherries, intertwined with hints of floral notes such as lavender and rose petals. On the palate, this Grenache exhibits an impressive depth of flavor, showcasing ripe red fruit characteristics complemented by subtle undertones of baking spices, such as cinnamon and cloves. The wine's texture is luxurious and velvety, with silky tannins providing structure and support.

Well-integrated oak adds complexity, contributing to a lingering finish that leaves impressions of sweet vanilla and a touch of earthiness. With its vibrant acidity and impeccable balance, the Sine Qua Non Distenta III Grenache 2021 is a captivating expression of Grenache, showcasing the potential of this noble varietal.

Critic Ratings

Jeb Dunnuck Review - Rated 99:

Scheduled to be bottled relatively soon, the 2021 Grenache Distenta III (79% Grenache, 8% Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre, and the rest Petite Sirah and a splash of white varieties) offers a full-bodied, concentrated, yet pure and elegant profile as well as gorgeous aromatics of ripe darker cherries, blackberries, peppery herbs, violets, and assorted floral nuances. From a cooler year, it still brings beautiful depth and richness, silky tannins, and a great finish.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Review - Rated 98:

Because my visit was scheduled for July 6, just two weeks after bottling on June 22, I tasted the 2021 Grenache Distenta III as a precise blend from barrel. It comes mostly from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard (71%) and The Third Twin (23%) with the balance from the Cumulus Vineyard. It is a blend of 79% Grenache, 8.4% Syrah, 7.4% Mourvèdre, 3.2% Petite Sirah, 1.6% Petit Manseng and 0.4% Muscat. The Distenta III was vinified using about 35% whole Grenache clusters, and it matured in 42% new French oak of various sizes for around 23 months. It has a medium to deep ruby color and is incredibly fragrant at this stage. Wild berry jam aromas are accented by tones of wildflower, tar, tangerine and coffee beans. The full-bodied palate is concentrated yet lively, bursting with crunchy, floral fruit and surprisingly energetic acidity. It has detailed, grainy tannins and a long, lifted finish that wears its alcohol well. 1,459 cases and 600 magnums are projected, to be released in the spring of 2024.

Winery Sine Qua Non
Country/Region Central Coast, California
Year 2021
Grape Varietal Grenache
Size 750 ML
ABV 15.8%
Wine Style Red Wine

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