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1998 Quintessa - Red 750ml
1998 Quintessa - Red
USA - California - Napa - Rutherford
Red / Proprietary Blend
1998 Quintessa - Red
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 96

Good deep red-ruby. Tarry blackcurrant, lead pencil, coffee, cedar and earth on the nose. Suave and intensely flavored, with firm acids giving shape to the flavors. Not as fat or ripe as the '97, but concentrated for the year. Finishes with firm-edged tannins and very good length.

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Vinfolio Author: Vinfolio Team

Tasted upon release: Warm and lush spiciness, black olives, smoky black cherry, plum and anise, with excellent acidity. As I noted earlier, when clients tasted this wine out of bottle next to the 1995, 1996 and 1997 vintages in a vertical tasting, they ordered the 1998 by a factor of 2 to 1 over any of the other vintages. I have tasted this several times with consistent impressions; still drinking beautifully.

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Community Reviews


Roger S835 Trust Rating: 78 Tasted On: 04/29/2009 Drink Dates: 2007


Daniel B Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 10/20/2003 Drink Dates: 2003-2008

Darkly colored with attractive though light aromas of cherry, slight smoke, and some earth. High acidity in the mouth with rather emaciated fruit. The wine finishes long with smoky earth and wood. Bordeaux styled ? a minor league Opus One?

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