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1999 Quintessa - Red 750ml
1999 Quintessa - Red
USA - California - Napa - Rutherford
Red / Proprietary Blend
1999 Quintessa - Red
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Professional Reviews

IWC
90(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 102

Bright red-ruby. Highly aromatic nose combines currant, cherry, spicecake, bitter chocolate, marzipan and a floral topnote. Lively, intensely flavored and light on its feet, with perfumed flavors of red cherry and rose petal and slightly intrusive oakiness. Grew silky as it opened in the glass. Finishes with fine but firm tannins that call for at least a few years of additional bottle aging.

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WA
89

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 142

The 1999, an 8,000-case blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, is a delicate, elegant, restrained, polite effort with pretty red and black currant flavors intermixed with licorice, soil overtones, and subtle spicy oak. It is neither big nor flamboyant. This is a polished, exceptionally refined offering, particularly for a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Although somewhat understated, one has to respect its integrity and intention. It should age nicely for 10-15 years.

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WS
91

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Intense, vibrant and concentrated, with firm, complex currant, cedar, anise and black cherry fruit. Tightly wound, with chewy tannins, it can stand short-term cellaring. 9,917 cases made.

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Community Reviews

Rexford Frank Tasted On: 03/30/2011

94

Larry H Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 12/31/2010 Drink Dates: 2005-2015

90

Daniel B Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 10/20/2003 Drink Dates: 2003-2012

This winery?s new production facility is extremely impressive. One wonders whether the impressive architecture will translate into better wines. The '99 Quintessa is the finest Quintessa yet produced (I have not yet tasted the 2001). Attractive purple red color with aromas of oak, plum, slight mint, black cherry and a touch of anise. Good sweet fruit in the mouth with light well integrated oak and plush flavors. Very attractive in a restrained rather quiet manner.

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