Sine Qua Non -SQN- Distenta II Grenache 2020 750mL


"Still in barrel, the 2020 Grenache Distenta 11 is a blend of 77.9% Grenache, 9.4% Mourvedre, 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 Aida (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." EB May 2022
Sine Qua Non, Distenta I Grenache, California
"Deep purple-black colored, the 2020 Grenache Distenta II charges out, swinging punchy scents of blackberry pie, black cherry cordial, molten licorice, dark chocolate, and candied violets, plus wafts of Sichuan pepper and beef drippings. The full-bodied palate is a powerhouse of red and black fruit layers with super plush tannins and a wonderfully lively backbone to lift the concentrated, floral sparked layers to an epically long, perfumed finish." LPB Aug 2022

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