Quintessa 2005, 90 points

2005 Quintessa

(USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford)

Really solid wine every time I have it.  Has an old world feel that I really like. I like the 04 a little better

than the 05 just because the 04 was a touch smoother. Dark purple on the color with brown around the fringes. Vanilla and plum on the nose with a soft silky touch of burnt logs.  This is an elegant wine that gives me the feel of a dark high end New York cigar wine bar. I love the wine but the 05 was borderline on the price.  A couple years more and it will bring this wine to where it needs to be. Berries, plum, chewy, velvety, and a lavish wine. Give it a try.

From Quintessa Site:

“Quintessa, like all classic wines of the world, bears the same name as the vineyard from which it is made. Our goal is to produce the best expression of this extraordinary vineyard each year. In broad terms, Quintessa is a red meritage wine. The vineyard’s diversity provides us wide stylistic options for the wine. Fruit from each component block of Quintessa is harvested, sorted, then gravity fed into either oak or stainless steel fermentation tanks. Once fermentation and maceration are complete, each block wine is aged separately for up to two years in french oak barrels in our caves. After this ageing period the components are brought together and the final Quintessa blend is created. The wine is then bottled and laid down for yet another year before release. Although each vintage is unique, we have discovered that finesse and elegance best express the character of the vineyard and as such, we blend for harmony, balance, and length of flavors. Above all, our objective is to make Quintessa a delicious wine that is complementary to food.”

Agustin Huneeus

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  • Ted Lange says:

    Quintessa is one of the best wineries out of Napa! They ensure quality year in and year out. I think the worst vintage I have ever tasted was the 2003 and that was still a great wine, if you like them dry. The 2004 is really outstanding, possibly their best of the decade. I have not had the benefit of tasting the 2005 however, but from your review, it sounds like the 2006 should be an improvement from the latter year. I’ve also visited this winery and was thoroughly impressed by their attention to detail and commitment to quality!!!! BRAVO QUINTESSA!!!

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