Sine Qua Non Syrah Distenta 2 2020
Wine Advocate – “Still in barrel, the 2020 Sine Qua Non Syrah Distenta 2 is a blend of 82.9% Syrah, 7.5% Grenache, 3.9% Mourvèdre, 3.4% Petite Sirah and 2.3% white (1.5% Muskat and 0.8% Petit Manseng, to be precise). It comes entirely from estate vineyards: The Third Twin (43%), Eleven Confessions (32%), Cumulus (21%) and Molly Aïda (3%). It was fermented with 16% whole clusters and matured for about 23 months in 66% new French oak. “I like whole cluster less on Syrah,” Manfred Krankl explains. “It can be more herbal. But these 2020s are much more fleshy and unctuous, so it shows better.” Opaque purple black in color, it features aromas of cassis and blueberries, charcuterie, lavender and coffee beans, changing continually as it spends time in the glass. The full-bodied palate boasts tremendous floral perfume, a frame of rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. I tasted this on May 24, 2022; it is due to be bottled in August of 2022. 1,999 cases and 600 magnums will be released in the spring of 2023.” (97-99 Pts)
Jeb Dunnuck – “Tons of red, blue, and black fruits as well as peppery herbs and liquid violet-like nuances emerge from the 2020 Syrah Distenta II, a full-bodied, concentrated, remarkably balanced barrel sample that’s based on 83% Syrah, 7.5% Grenache, and the rest Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, Muscat, and Petit Manseng. I love its mid-palate, it has ripe, sweet tannins, and a gorgeous finish. It’s unquestionably a brilliant wine in the making.” (97-99 Pts)
Vinous – “The 2020 Sine Qua Non Syrah Distenta 2 has turned out beautifully. Rich and ample, with tremendous depth, the 2020 dazzles from start to finish. Black cherry, plum, licorice, incense and mocha all melted together effortlessly. 16% whole clusters are present, but nearly buried by the sheer richness of the fruit. Dollops of Muscat and Petit Manseng has exotic flair. It’s a stunning 2020.” (96-98 Pts)
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