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Sine Qua Non Distenta Grenache 2020

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Vintage: 2020
  • WA 97
  • JD 97
  • VIN 94
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    Sine Qua Non is one of California’s most famous wine producers. Based just north of Los Angeles in Ventura County, and with most of its vineyards in Santa Barbara, it eschews the usual image of top California wine as being only from Napa Valley. That is not the only thing eschewed at Sine Qua Non ” the same wine is rarely made more than once, turning the idea of the American icon wine on its head.

    7 reviews for Sine Qua Non Distenta Grenache 2020

    1. Diego Phillips

      Needs decanting. Consistent with SQN Grenache. Balanced, with earthy notes and mineral. Age for full potential.

    2. Peggy Harrison

      Review: Sensuous, poetic, and refined with a full body and fine tannins. Explosive nose, loaded with verve. Drink 2026-2041.

    3. Henry Price

      Intensely luscious, like a Northern Rhone. Outstanding!

    4. James Greene

      Full-bodied with notes of dark berries, licorice, and a long finish. Decanted for 3 hours.

    5. WA

      Still in barrel, the 2020 Grenache Distenta 11 is a blend of 77.9% Grenache, 9.4% Mourvèdre, 7.9% Syrah, 4.3% Petite Sirah and 0.5% Viognier. Fruit comes entirely from the Krankls’ estate vineyards: Eleven Confessions (40%), Cumulus (33%), The Third Twin (21%) and Molly Aïda (6%). It was made with 29% whole clusters, predominantly Grenache. “Ten years ago, I was afraid of whole clusters,” Manfred Krankl recalls. “Now, I quite like it, especially on Grenache, a little less so on Syrah.” Matured about 23 months in 52% new French oak and demi-muids, it has a deep ruby-purple color and slowly opening scents of wild berry jam, burnt orange peel, black tea leaves and coffee beans. The palate is full-bodied yet light on its feet, with juicy, floral flavors and a dreamy texture woven from loads and loads of super-fine tannins. It’s due to be bottled in the summer of 2022 and will be released in the spring of 2023.

    6. JD

      The 2020 Grenache Distenta II is a blend of mostly 78% Grenache and the rest Mourvèdre, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and a tiny splash of Viognier. It’s a ripe, sexy, insanely good barrel sample that has remarkable purity, tons of black raspberry and cassis fruits, perfect balance, full-bodied richness, and an already complex bouquet of violets, spice, and flowers. I continue to be blown away by what this estate seems to achieve with Grenache in just about every vintage.

    7. VIN

      The 2020 Grenache Distenta II is a powerful, driving wine. In this tasting, the Grenache comes across as a bit compact. I imagine some of the stress of this warm dry season has an impact here, even though the yields were actually on the higher side. It will be interesting to see if this gains a bit more body in aging. All that said, the 2020 finishes with very good freshness.

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    WA 97
    Wine Advocate
    Still in barrel, the 2020 Grenache Distenta 11 is a blend of 77.9% Grenache, 9.4% Mourvèdre, 7.9% Syrah, 4.3% Petite Sirah and 0.5% Viognier. Fruit comes entirely from the Krankls' estate vineyards: Eleven Confessions (40%), Cumulus (33%), The Third Twin (21%) and Molly Aïda (6%). It was made with 29% whole clusters, predominantly Grenache. "Ten years ago, I was afraid of whole clusters," Manfred Krankl recalls. "Now, I quite like it, especially on Grenache, a little less so on Syrah." Matured about 23 months in 52% new French oak and demi-muids, it has a deep ruby-purple color and slowly opening scents of wild berry jam, burnt orange peel, black tea leaves and coffee beans. The palate is full-bodied yet light on its feet, with juicy, floral flavors and a dreamy texture woven from loads and loads of super-fine tannins. It's due to be bottled in the summer of 2022 and will be released in the spring of 2023.
    JD 97
    Jeb Dunnuck
    The 2020 Grenache Distenta II is a blend of mostly 78% Grenache and the rest Mourvèdre, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and a tiny splash of Viognier. It's a ripe, sexy, insanely good barrel sample that has remarkable purity, tons of black raspberry and cassis fruits, perfect balance, full-bodied richness, and an already complex bouquet of violets, spice, and flowers. I continue to be blown away by what this estate seems to achieve with Grenache in just about every vintage.
    VIN 94
    Vinous
    The 2020 Grenache Distenta II is a powerful, driving wine. In this tasting, the Grenache comes across as a bit compact. I imagine some of the stress of this warm dry season has an impact here, even though the yields were actually on the higher side. It will be interesting to see if this gains a bit more body in aging. All that said, the 2020 finishes with very good freshness.

    What does Sine Qua Non Distenta Grenache 2020 taste like?


    Light
    Bold
    Smooth
    Tannic
    Dry
    Sweet
    Soft
    Acidic
    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, stone

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    raspberry, red fruit

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, tobacco, vanilla

    stone fruit

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, dark fruit

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    licorice, anise, white pepper

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    perfume

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