Jeb Dunnuck
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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Sine Qua Non - The Third Twin 'Nuestra Senora del Tercer Gemelo' 2019

Product description

97+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2019 Nuestra Senora Del Tercer Gemelo, entirely from The Third Twin estate vineyard, is composed of 33% Grenache, 23.5% Syrah, 19% Mourvèdre, 19% Petite Sirah, 4% Graciano and 1.5% Muskat. "I love Muskat in red wines, even better than Viognier," Manfred Krankl enthuses, and I have to agree—this barrel sample offers tremendous aromatic purity and complexity, as if the volume has been turned up and the camera has been focused. It boasts continually shifting, layered aromatics as it spends several hours in the glass: blueberry and blackberry jam, tar, coffee beans, thyme and botanicals, plus loads of floral nuances. Full-bodied yet light on its feet, its concentrated fruits are framed by abundant, super-fine tannins and seamless acidity, and it has a hauntingly long finish. It was made with 19% whole clusters, and matured about 33 months in 13% new French oak, with a large portion of the wine moved to cement tanks after about a year and a half in barrel. 

98+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck

The 2019 Nuestra Senora Del Tercer Gemelo comes from the Third Twin estate vineyard, which was purchased in 2000. At that time, the vineyard covered 14.33 acres planted to Syrah and Petite Sirah, and the Krankls planted a mix of different varieties starting in 2011. Today, the estate covers just over 35 acres, and this is a cooler, sandy terroir. The wine sports a deep purple hue as well as a monster bouquet of blackberries, Italian leather, dried herbs, smoke tobacco, and pepper. Full-bodied on the palate, it's another seamless, perfectly balanced red from this team that somehow manages to bring incredible richness and power while staying flawlessly balanced and elegance. A blend of 33% Grenache, 23.5% Syrah, 19% each of Mourvèdre and Petite Sirah, and the rest Graciano and Muscat, fermented with 19% whole clusters, it shows the more elegant, refined, silky style of this terroir beautifully. I like it today, but smart money will give bottles 2-4 years in the cellar. It should have 15-20 years of overall longevity.

97 Points - Vinous

The 2019 Nuestra Senora del Tercer Gemelo is the fourth vintage from estate vineyard in Los Alamos. Bright and punchy in the glass for such a big wine, the 2019 is so expressive today. Sandy soils lend aromatic presence to play off all that natural intensity. Rose petal, mint, lavender, sage and blood orange perk up a core of bright red/purplish berry fruit as this opulent, full-throttle Syrah-based blend shows off its allure.