2005 Quintessa - Red

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 88 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 57292-2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Elegant and supple-textured, with earthy currant, mineral, sage and dusty berry flavors that end with a touch of herb and cedary oak. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 10,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    Full ruby-red. Complex aromas of currant, mocha, tobacco leaf, smoke and spicy oak. Suave on entry, then distinctly firm-edged in the middle, but with good intensity to the flavors of dark cherry, currant, licorice and herbs. In a rather Old World style, with a restrained sweetness and a light leafy quality. Finishes with firm, building tannins that will require time in bottle to soften.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: mike1054
  • Self | Rating:

    Drinking nicely.
    Author: Joe G765
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Just had the grand tour of the property...with a nice tasting at the end. the 2005 is like rubbing yourself in silk. One word...Finesse. Reminiscent of the Right Bank in Bordeaux...Better potential than my '04 and '03s. Bravo.
    Author: 19th Hole Vineyard
  • Self | Rating: 92

    More Bordeaux style then 2007. Really nice nose, more going on then just fruit. Wonderful softness on palate.
    Author: WineRyan
  • Self | Rating: 93

    More muted and tannic compared to the 2004 but still very delicious, black fruits, earth, dark purple. The structure is there but maybe has more room for growth - all the flavor is front palate. This is only paling to the 2004, and would trump nearly any other winery's best effort. More herbal than the 2004. ~2hr decant before serving.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2020
    Author: Rossboss
  • Self | Rating: 95

    The best Quintessa ever! Fruity, balanced and masculine...A true tour de force!
    Author: Victor
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

  • 1088 bottles owned
  • 210 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 210 collectors)