Sine Qua Non Tectumque Ventura White Blend 2017

$249

97 Points                                          Limited new white release from cult producer Sine Qua Non. SQN 2017 "Tectumque" White now available. 97 Points Robert Parker:  "Tectumque means 'shelter' in Latin. This wine was initially going to be called 'Inconnue' ('unknown' in French), but that name had already been trademarked. Naming wines is becoming impossible,' mentioned Manfred. 'Everything has already been taken. Even, 'No Name!'-- This is a blend of 38% Roussanne, 31% Petit Manseng, 18% Chardonnay, 9% Viognier and 4% Muscat. The vineyard components are 52% Cumulus Estate, 19% Eleven Confessions Estate, 18% Bien Nacido Vineyard and 11% The Third Twin Estate. It spent around 20 months aging in 9% concrete eggs, 4% amphora, 9% used barrels and 78% new French oak puncheons." 94 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "Checking in as a blend of 38% Roussanne, 31% Petit Manseng, 18% Chardonnay, and the rest Viognier and Muscat, the 2017 White Wine Tectumque boasts a vivid gold hue as well as exotic notes of caramelized Meyer lemons, dried herbs, spice, and some distinct rocky, mineral-like nuances. With full-bodied richness and bright, racy acidity, this beautiful white is going to come together nicely with 2-3 years of bottle age. Give it plenty of air if drinking any time soon. "

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Ratings on Delectable

Shay A Delectable Pro

After an epic lunch from @joe leatherwood , a few of us got together for a socially-distanced evening hosted by @Keith Fisher to keep the party going. The pic may be slightly blurry but the label is also blurry on its own! I agree with @Eric LaMasters in that this one seems to need quite a bit of time to come around. These SQN whites are consistently mesmerizing in their complexity. Checking in at 38% roussanne, 31% petit manseng, 18% chardonnay, 9% viognier and 4% Muscat (what a blend!), it is deeply golden in the glass. Aromatically, it sports crazy dried dragon fruit, banana peel, caramel dipped grilled lemon and sea salt. Amazingly dense and rich on the palate, with a classically waxy profile. Savory popcorn kernel, almond skin, honeysuckle, and quite herbal round out a finish that has a surprising amount of acidity. Love the uniqueness. Thanks @Dan Fitzgerald .

After an epic lunch from @joe leatherwood , a few of us got together for a socially-distanced evening hosted by @Keith Fisher to keep the party going. The pic may be slightly blurry but the label is also blurry on its own! I agree with @Eric LaMasters in that this one seems to need quite a bit of time to come around. These SQN whites are consistently mesmerizing in their complexity. Checking in at 38% roussanne, 31% petit manseng, 18% chardonnay, 9% viognier and 4% Muscat (what a blend!), it is deeply golden in the glass. Aromatically, it sports crazy dried dragon fruit, banana peel, caramel dipped grilled lemon and sea salt. Amazingly dense and rich on the palate, with a classically waxy profile. Savory popcorn kernel, almond skin, honeysuckle, and quite herbal round out a finish that has a surprising amount of acidity. Love the uniqueness. Thanks @Dan Fitzgerald .

9.3

Jim McCusker

Awesome. Amazing aromas of pear, stone fruit, and white flowers on the nose. Took a bit of time to open up - should really sing in 3-4 more years - but with some air time this one really opened up. Fantastic.

Awesome. Amazing aromas of pear, stone fruit, and white flowers on the nose. Took a bit of time to open up - should really sing in 3-4 more years - but with some air time this one really opened up. Fantastic.

9.6

Eric L.

This really needs a few more years in the bottle to come together.

This really needs a few more years in the bottle to come together.

9.3

Eric L.

Very interesting and complex, but it needs a few more years in bottle for the acidity to integrate.

Very interesting and complex, but it needs a few more years in bottle for the acidity to integrate.

9.2

Winton Sweum

Yellow-gold; lemon and petit-manseng spice nose; quite bright palate with more citrus, pear and chalky minerality. On the crisper side today.

Yellow-gold; lemon and petit-manseng spice nose; quite bright palate with more citrus, pear and chalky minerality. On the crisper side today.

9.3

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