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1996 Quintessa Red

  • 91 WS
  • 89 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 57292-1996-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    Dark red-ruby. Dusty, cedary aromas of currant, roasted plum, smoke and tobacco. Pliant and juicy in the mouth, with slightly autumnal redcurrant, tobacco and plum flavors. A drier-styled but rather sophisticated wine. Finishes with firm but even tannins and very good length.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2000
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Tight and complex, with layers of spicy currant, earth, cedar, toast and anise. Firms up on the finish, with crisp acidity and mineral notes. 4,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2001-2013
    Author: Celia
  • Self | Rating: 93

    excellent, soft tannins, more complex than 1997
    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Mowed grass and green pepper on the nose. Fruit and acidity well balanced. Spice and cedar complements the fruit. Great color and clarity. Not a hint of oxidation on the edge. Short to medium finish. Fruit is slighty muted but plenty of structure to last another 5-7 years.
    Author: Paco6945
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Wonderful, nuanced, bordeaux-like wine. Not thin at all, as some community notes implied. Decanting necessary.
    Author: Ted M943
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

  • 298 bottles owned
  • 83 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 83 collectors)