1995 Quintessa - Red

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 87 WA
  • 82 WS
  • 86 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 57292-1995-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 86

    Deep red-ruby. Currant, tobacco and roasted meat aromas, plus some high-toned tar and mint with aeration. Smoky, sweet flavors of red berries, tobacco and mocha; a bit green around the edges. Finishes with slightly dry tannins, some unresolved acids and a note of damp earth.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 1999
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 82

    Gallops with ease through a barnyard of earth and leather, ending with an austere, acrylic edge and a hint of dried, earthy currant.--1995 California Cabernet retrospective. 2,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 87

    This luxury cuvee produced from a single-vineyard is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon. It is made in an exceptionally restrained, polite style that is meant to emulate a Bordeaux, but may go too far in terms of delicacy and subtlety. It is an attractive wine, with a dark ruby color, and a moderately intense nose of red/black currants, and spicy new oak. In the mouth, it is elegant and medium-bodied, with good richness, moderate tannin, and a pure finish. Subtlety is a worthy goal in winemaking, but this example may err too far in that direction. Already supple and velvety-textured enough to drink now, it should age nicely for 7-10 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating:

    Drinking very well, still lots of fruit. Great wine
    Author: Oenodoc
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.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 346 bottles owned
  • 97 collectors