Sine Qua Non White Distenta II 2020 (750 ml)

  • JD: 100
  • RP: 98

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Tasting Notes and Description

Tasting Notes For Sine Qua Non White Distenta II 2020

Sine Qua Non White Distenta II 2020 is a captivating white wine that exudes elegance and complexity. With its unique blend of varietals and meticulous craftsmanship, it offers a sensory journey like no other.

On the nose, this wine presents a symphony of aromas, featuring delicate floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle intertwining with hints of ripe stone fruits such as peach and apricot. Subtle citrus undertones add a refreshing brightness to the bouquet, while a touch of tropical fruit, like pineapple and guava, enhances its complexity.

Upon the first sip, the palate is greeted with a lush and velvety texture, enveloping the senses with layers of flavor. Ripe stone fruits take center stage, accompanied by nuances of honey and a hint of spice, creating a harmonious balance of sweetness and depth. The wine's acidity provides a refreshing lift, maintaining its vitality and ensuring a crisp, clean finish.

Critic Ratings

Jeb Dunnuck Review - 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 today. Coming from a final blend of 41% Roussanne, 26% Chardonnay, 14% Petit Manseng, 12% Viognier, and the rest Gelber Muskateller, it 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. There were 824 cases produced.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Review - Rated 99:

The 2020 White Wine Distenta II could be a polarizing wine due to its unique style, intense aromatics and powerful structure, but I can't get enough of this blend of 32% Roussanne, 26% Viognier, 25% Chardonnay, 12% Gelber Muskateller and 5% Petit Manseng. Grapes were sourced from Santa Babara County and beyond, including Eleven Confessions Estate Vineyard (52%), The Third Twin Estate Vineyard (22%), Cumulus Estate Vineyard (13%) and Chardonnay from Bien Nacido (13%). It was matured around 23 months in 45% new French oak barrels, puncheons and demi-muids and was bottled in August of 2022. Drinking the White Distenta II is an omakase-like experience, an unexpected journey that begins with naturally bitter phenolics, blossoms into soaring perfume and finishes with dessert-like honeyed tones. On day one, the wine is overt and bold, while day two reveals a fresher, livelier white with finer detail, as if the wine is coming into focus. In the mouth, it's expansive and luxuriously satiny. Despite its powerful style and unabashed ripeness, it carries its 15.8% alcohol expertly and maintains a focused streak of tangy acidity. The finish is especially unique, offering touches of butterscotch that complement its perfumed fruit—a rare combination of aromatic grape varieties and classy new wood that works surprisingly well! If you're a fan of aromatic, textural whites, purchase as many bottles as you can so that you can follow what's sure to be unique savory development in bottle over the next 10 to 15+ years. Only 944 cases were made.

Winery Sine Qua Non
Country United States
Region California
Year 2020
Grape Varietal White Blend
Size 750 ML
ABV 15.8%
Wine Style White Wine

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