2020 Sine Qua Non Syrah Distenta II
Cépage: Syrah (83%); Grenache (8%); Mourvedre (4%); Petite Sirah (3%); Muscat (2%); Petit Manseng (1%)
Size: 750 ml
Rating(s): 98+ (RP); 99 (JD)
" The 2020 Syrah Distenta II, bottled in late July of 2022, is beginning to tighten ever-so-slightly since I last tasted it in early 2023, although its merits as an archetypal Syrah are still on display. It incorporates fruit from all four estate vineyards: The Third Twin (43%), Eleven Confessions (33%), Cumulus (21%), was vinified using 16% whole clusters and matured for around 23 months in 66% new French oak barrels. It has a deep ruby color and heart-stopping aromas of blackcurrants, violets, bitter chocolate and coffee grounds, which blossom over time to tones of prosciutto and mint. The full-bodied palate is concentrated yet nuanced with a harmonious balance of powdery tannins and refreshing acidity, and it wears its alcohol expertly. It has a long finish that hints at more savory character to come, but it will require plenty of time in the bottle."
Erin Brooks (RP) - 08/23