SINE QUA NON SYRAH DISTENTA 2020 750ML Sine Qua Non 750ml Bottle - Station Plaza Wine
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SINE QUA NON SYRAH DISTENTA 2020 750ML Sine Qua Non 750ml Bottle
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750ml Bottle


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Jeb Dunnuck
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A wine that just about tops out the scale, the 2020 Syrah Distenta II (83% Syrah, 8% Grenache, 4% Mourvèdre, and the balance Petite Sirah and mixed whites) is a more exuberant, spicy, incredibly complex Syrah offering assorted red and black fruits, ground pepper, flowery incense, tobacco, and cured meat nuances in its full-bodied, flawlessly balanced, layered, elegant style. Coming 43% from the Third Twin, 33% Eleven Confessions, 21% Cumulus, and the rest from the Molly Aida vineyards (all of which are estate), it saw slightly less whole clusters compared to the 2021 and spent 23 months in 66% new French oak. Anyone questioning the genius of Manfred Krankl needs to taste this wine.

Audrey Frick
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The 2020 Syrah Distenta II has an opaque purple-black color. It rockets out of the glass with explosive scents of black raspberries, Morello cherries, juicy black plums, red roses, and Indian spices, with flickering hints of tar, star anise, tree bark, and menthol, plus a waft of fertile loam. The densely laden, full-bodied palate shivers with anticipation, delivering pure, bright, pristine black and red berry layers and a rock-solid structure of ripe, grainy tannins, finishing long and mineral-laced. Captivating!

Wine Advocate
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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. I tasted this on May 24, 2022; it is due to be bottled in August of 2022. 1,999 cases and 600 magnums will be released in the spring of 2023.-EB

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