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Sine Qua Non, Distenta III White, Central Coast, California, 2021

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Overview of the Wine
Sine Qua Non was created after the 1994 harvest of a Bien Nacido Syrah named “The Queen of Spades”. Winemaker Manfred Krankl feels strongly that each vintage is a completely unique wine and thus he gives each wine a unique name. He also creates the artwork for each new label himself. Previously, Manfred had made wines with Bryan Babcock and John Alban and still sources much of his fruit from Alban’s vineyard. The basic white wines have always been a white blend of Chardonnay, Roussanne and Viognier and a red wine based on Syrah plus Grenache. Sometimes there are small quantities of Rose and a Grenache-based red.

Sine Qua Non has its own winemaking facility in Ventura, California not far from the Santa Barbara vineyards where the fruit is sourced from. In the last few years Manfred and his wife, Elaine, have begun creating their own vineyards dedicated to Rhone varietals. Their winemaking philosophy is to work in very small batches, gravity flow, natural yeasts (unless a fermentation problem is anticipated), long lees aging for the whites and repeated racking for the reds to open them up. This is a modified explanation of a very dedicated and artistic approach to winemaking. The wines are simultaneously very rich and elegant, superbly balanced and thoroughly harmonious with food, never overwhelming.

Grape / Blend
33% Chardonnay 27% Viognier 24% Gelber Muskateller 12% Roussanne 4% Petit Manseng

Origin
Ventura, Central Coast, California

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
On the nose, it offers a symphony of aromas that entice and intrigue. Delicate notes of ripe citrus fruits, such as luscious Meyer lemon and juicy tangerine, dance alongside enticing floral undertones of jasmine and honeysuckle. These bright and aromatic elements are complemented by subtle hints of tropical fruits like pineapple and passion fruit, adding layers of depth and exotic allure.

The palate is a revelation of flavors, seamlessly blending richness and freshness. Vibrant citrus flavors take center stage, with zesty lemon and tangy grapefruit leading the way. They are accompanied by a medley of orchard fruits, including ripe pear and crisp green apple, adding a delightful crispness and juiciness to the wine. The tropical nuances observed on the nose also make a prominent appearance, with succulent pineapple and ripe mango lending a luscious and tropical character.

99 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Sine Qua Non White Wine Distenta 1 is a stunning—and unique—blend of 41% Roussanne, 26% Chardonnay, 14% Petit Manseng, 12% Viognier and 7% Gelber Muskateller. Fruit comes mostly from estate vineyards, with 46% from Eleven Confessions, 32% from Cumulus and 7% from The Third Twin. Just 15% Chardonnay from the Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley is included-—2019 is the last vintage that any non-estate fruit will be included in the blend. It was fermented in barrel and matured on its lees for about 23 months in 64% new French oak barrels, puncheons and demi-muids and was racked just once prior to bottling. Manfred Krankl especially likes the 150+-year-old wood that the Austrian cooper Stockinger uses to craft its staves. The 2019 white offers high intensity aromatics, with layers of peach, kiwi, candle smoke, petrol and green herbs. The full-bodied palate is concentrated, savory and layered, with loads of alluring, spicy accents. What really sets this wine apart is its broad, satiny texture as it glides through the mouth into a tremendously long finish. Krankl notes that the lees-stirring regimen for this wine helps to build texture, and the buildup of lees on the inside of the barrels better integrates its new oak character. "Petite Manseng berries are very small and the skins are very thick," he adds, "so that also contributes to the texture." It was bottled on August 18, 2021, and tasted May 24, 2022. 824 cases and 150 magnums will be released in November of 2022.

Product size: 750ml

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