Sine Qua Non Distenta II Syrah 2020 (750 ml)

  • RP: 99
  • JD: 99

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Tasting Notes and Description

Tasting Notes For Sine Qua Non Distenta II Syrah 2020

Sine Qua Non Distenta II Syrah 2020 is an exceptional wine that showcases the epitome of Syrah's character and the meticulous craftsmanship of its winemakers. This red wine possesses a deep, dark ruby color that alludes to its intensity and depth.

Upon swirling the glass, an enticing array of aromas unfolds. The nose is greeted with an intoxicating blend of ripe blackberries, blueberries, and black cherries, exuding a sense of richness and opulence. These dark fruit aromas are complemented by notes of black pepper, exotic spices, and a touch of smokiness, adding complexity and intrigue.

The palate is a revelation of flavors that perfectly align with the aromatic profile. Ripe black fruits take center stage, with juicy blackberries and plump black cherries dominating the palate. The fruit flavors are harmoniously balanced by well-integrated oak nuances, providing subtle hints of vanilla, cedar, and a touch of espresso. The wine exhibits a remarkable depth and concentration, with velvety tannins adding structure and elegance.

Critic Ratings

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Rated 99:

Still in barrel, the 2020 Syrah Distenta 11 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.

Jeb Dunnuck - Rated 99:

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.

Winery Sine Qua Non
Country United States
Region Central CoastCalifornia
Year 2020
Grape Varietal Syrah / Shiraz
Size 750 ML
ABV 15.9%
Wine Style Red Wine

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