DescriptionSine Qua Non White 1997
Twisted and Bent
"The funky artwork on the bottle emerges from Manfred Krankl's artistic side, but as the label says, "the truth is in the inside." The 1997 Twisted and Bent (540 cases) is no wimpy wine. All of the fruit comes from the Alban Vineyard in San Luis Obispo. The 1997's blend is 60% Roussanne and 40% Chardonnay. This is white wine at its most concentrated. Light gold with a greenish hue, it has the unctuosity and nearly the power of chartreuse liqueur, but it is dry, full-bodied, and easy to drink in large quantities (I know). Its honeyed viscosity, and extraordinary bouquet of rose petals, buttery tropical fruits, and orange marmalade are exotic, thrilling, and altogether a treat to satiate both the intellectual and hedonistic senses. The fact that it is dry is an achievement given the degree of sugar at which these grapes must have been picked. Drink this wine (14.7% alcohol) with close friends and delicious food. This wine seems to have the ability to last beyond 2-3 years, but the fact is I never have any left after 24 months." (95 pts. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #127, Feb. 2000)
"The blockbuster whites Sine Qua Non is now producing are a blend of Roussanne and Chardonnay, with the former varietal dominating the blend in both 1996 and 1997. The 1997 Roussanne/Chardonnay (60% of the former and 40% of the latter, all from the Alban Vineyard) has not yet been named (Twisted and Bent is a possibility). It is similar to the 1996, with perhaps the spicy, honeyed, rose petal-scented nose even more intensely fragrant. This is another classic, full-bodied, whoppingly big white that demonstrates the heights Roussanne can achieve in selected micro-climates. While I suspect its power, intensity, alcohol, and extract will serve it well for a relatively long ride, I will be drinking my tiny allocation within 2-3 years of the vintage." (91-93 pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #120, Sept. 1998)
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