Wine Advocate | Rating: 93The 2010 Quintessa, a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenere (don't forget, the proprietor Agustin Huneeus has a background in Chile), is an elegant, finesse-styled red offering deep, rich, cassis fruit, dusty, loamy soil notes, medium to full body and ripe tannins. This evolved, seductive, round, generous 2010 offers up attractive notes of white chocolate and flowers as it sits in the glass. This is one of the first vintages made by Charles Thomas who has an impressive resume having worked previously at Robert Mondavi Winery and Rudd Estate. This 2010 should be drunk over the next decade or more.Author: Robert Parker
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(92% cabernet sauvignon with 3% merlot, 2% each cabernet franc and petit verdot, and 1% carmenere): Good bright, deep red. Perfumed aromas of raspberry, currant, fresh herbs, sage, tobacco leaf and flowers; downright claret-like. Broad and nicely high-pitched on the palate, with complex red fruit, spice, tobacco and herb flavors lifted by graphite minerality. This highly aromatic wine really spreads out and resounds on the back end. The building tannins are firm and a bit peppery, but the finish is pliant and sweet. A very successful vintage for this flagship bottling.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2013
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17August and Valeria Huneeus was among the early foreign interlopers in Napa, establishing Quintessa in 1990. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenere from many different vineyard blocks on the estate. 20 months in French oak, 85% new. Smells focused, if that is possible. Refined and fresh with some red fruit character. Dark oak spice but the texture is ultra-refined and fine grained. Finely textured rather than velvety. Tight and yet lively. (JH)Author: Julia Harding MW
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92Pure, rich and supple, with a mix of mocha, dark berry, cedar and black licorice notes, all coming together on the finish. The tannins keep the reverberating flavors in check. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenere.Author: James Laube
Self | Rating: 94I had my doubts about this wine, given the relatively low ratings. But then we visited the winery and tasted it. This is very well made. Not over-extracted, with medium to full body. The wine has lots of dark berries, currants, well integrated tannins and good blending of vanilla and oak that does not overpower the fruit. Very expensive but well done.Author: Litig8tr
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.
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 457 bottles owned
- 82 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 82 collectors)