Sine Qua Non Distenta I White 2019 (750 ml)

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  • JD: 100
  • RP: 99

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Tasting Notes and Description

Tasting Notes For Sine Qua Non Distenta I White 2019

Sine Qua Non Distenta I White 2019 is an exquisite wine that captivates the senses with its remarkable tasting profile. This white wine displays a beautiful golden hue, hinting at its complexity and maturity.

On the nose, it offers a symphony of aromas that entice and intrigue. Delicate notes of ripe citrus fruits, such as luscious Meyer lemon and juicy tangerine, dance alongside enticing floral undertones of jasmine and honeysuckle. These bright and aromatic elements are complemented by subtle hints of tropical fruits like pineapple and passion fruit, adding layers of depth and exotic allure.

The palate is a revelation of flavors, seamlessly blending richness and freshness. Vibrant citrus flavors take center stage, with zesty lemon and tangy grapefruit leading the way. They are accompanied by a medley of orchard fruits, including ripe pear and crisp green apple, adding a delightful crispness and juiciness to the wine. The tropical nuances observed on the nose also make a prominent appearance, with succulent pineapple and ripe mango lending a luscious and tropical character.

Critic Ratings

Jeb Dunnuck - Rated 100:

Starting with the white, the 2019 Distenta I White is pure perfection, and there's not a finer white coming out of California spent 23 months in 64% new French oak. It offers a heavenly bouquet of caramelized oranges, toasted bread, honeyed citrus, and almond paste. This carries to a full-bodied, deep, concentrated white with incredible intensity and depth, yet it’s never heavy or overbearing and is flawlessly balanced. These have a great track record of aging brilliantly, but you can’t go wrong drinking them in their youth, either. I know Krankl’s reds get all the attention, but he continues to produce brilliant, brilliant dry whites.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Rated 99:

The 2019 White Wine Distenta 1 is a stunning—and unique—blend... Fruit comes mostly from estate vineyards, with 46% from Eleven Confessions, 32% from Cumulus and 7% from The Third Twin. Just 15% Chardonnay from the Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley is included-—2019 is the last vintage that any non-estate fruit will be included in the blend. It was fermented in barrel and matured on its lees for about 23 months in 64% new French oak barrels, puncheons and demi-muids and was racked just once prior to bottling. Manfred Krankl especially likes the 150+-year-old wood that the Austrian cooper Stockinger uses to craft its staves. The 2019 white offers high intensity aromatics, with layers of peach, kiwi, candle smoke, petrol and green herbs. The full-bodied palate is concentrated, savory and layered, with loads of alluring, spicy accents. What really sets this wine apart is its broad, satiny texture as it glides through the mouth into a tremendously long finish. Krankl notes that the lees-stirring regimen for this wine helps to build texture, and the buildup of lees on the inside of the barrels better integrates its new oak character. "Petite Manseng berries are very small and the skins are very thick," he adds, "so that also contributes to the texture."

Winery Sine Qua Non
Country United States
Region California
Year 2019
Grape Varietal White Blend
Size 750 ML
ABV 15.8%
Wine Style White Wine

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