Sine Qua Non Grenache Distenta III 2021 (1.5 L)

  • JD: 99
  • RP: 98

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Tasting Notes and Description

Tasting Notes For Sine Qua Non Grenache Distenta III 2021 (1.5 L)

***1.5 LITER BOTTLE***

Sine Qua Non Grenache Distenta III 2021 presents a captivating aroma profile, with fragrant notes of ripe red berries, including strawberries, raspberries, and red cherries, accented by hints of dried herbs and floral undertones such as violet and lavender.

On the palate, this Grenache unfolds with layers of complexity, offering a symphony of flavors ranging from bright red fruit to subtle hints of baking spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg. The wine's texture is velvety and lush, with supple tannins that provide structure and depth without overpowering the palate. Well-integrated oak lends additional complexity, contributing nuances of vanilla and toast.

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 United States
Region Central CoastCalifornia
Year 2021
Grape Varietal Grenache
Size 1.5 Liter
ABV 15.8%
Wine Style Red Wine

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