2006 Quintessa - Red

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 88 WA
  • 86 WS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 57292-2006-1500-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 86

    Offers a taut band of dried currant, black cherry and plum-laced fruit, with cedar and tobacco. Full-bodied and tannic, turning very dry and austere on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenere. Best from 2010 through 2016. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 9,400 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    This beautiful estate just off the Silverado Trail in Rutherford has turned out a spicy, elegant, understated 2006 that is very good, but does not ratchet up the level of performance enough to call it exciting. Dark plum and black currant fruits are intermixed with some weedy tobacco notes and subtle earthiness. The wine is well-made, restrained, and best drunk over the next decade.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Anonymous | Rating: 86

    Drink Dates: 2010-2016
    Author: CCrea
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Lots of dark currant, plum, and berry on the nose. Smoked wood and some herb as well. Fruit forward and with high tannins that grip the backend. Good length as well. Restrained French oak on both the nose and the palate. Ripe fruit (cherry) and herby notes come out in the finish.
    Author: Jay M664
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Mgnum - could have used a few more years maturity but the flavor profile opened up after 1+ hours of breathing but was still limited
    Drink Dates: 2012-2015
    Author: Rmann
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

  • 815 bottles owned
  • 175 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 89
    (Out of 175 collectors)