1998 Quintessa - Red 750ml

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1998 Quintessa - Red
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International Wine Cellar | 89

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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Vinfolio | 95

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.

Drink Dates: 2002-2010
Author: Vinfolio Team


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Score: 88
Author: Roger S835
Trust Rating: 82
Tasted On: 04/29/2009
Drink Dates: 2007
Score: 86
Author: 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?
More Vintages and Sizes of Quintessa - Red:

2009 (750ml)
2004 (3.0L)

About This Producer


In 2002, Valeria and Agustin Huneeus' dream of the quintessential wine estate - one vineyard that produces one singular estate wine - was realized with the opening of the winery at Quintessa.

Quintessa is truly a "winemaker's winery." The design facilitates a gravity-flow process and a state-of-the-art winery specifically tailored with fermenters and tanks sized to match the diverse blocks in the Quintessa vineyard. Additionally, the winery at Quintessa is outfitted with the latest in winemaking technology. French oak and stainless steel fermenters stand tall along the winery's front wall, providing the winemaking team with a choice of characteristics adding complexity and subtlety to the blend.

Quintessa, like all classic wines of the world, bears the same name as the vineyard from which it is made. The winery's goal is to produce the best expression of this extraordinary vineyard each and every year.

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