2017 Sine Qua Non Tectumque
Region: Central Coast
Cépage: Roussanne (38%); Petit Manseng (31%); Chardonnay (18%); Viognier (9%); Muscat (4%)
Size: 750 ml
Rating(s): 97+ (RP); 94 (JD)
"The 2017 Tectumque was bit closed on the nose when I first tried it, springing to life upon second tasting a month later, offering up with seducing notes of tangerine peel, tropical fruits, paraffin wax and honeycomb with a floral undercurrent—orange blossom and honeysuckle—followed by a waft of allspice. The palate is full, rich and wonderfully creamy with compelling, juxtaposing phenolic grip. (Manfred thinks this phenolic attribute comes from the tiny Petit Manseng berries with very thick skins. These berries also lend a lot of natural acidity.) Possessing a very fresh, laser-fine line of vivacity, it finishes very long and incredibly fragrant. Given the structure, intensity and nature of the flavors, I foresee this aging with all the grace of a great Chateauneuf du Pape blanc and should easily cellar for 15-20+ years."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown (RP) - 06/19