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1998 Quintessa - Red Proprietary Blend - USA - California - Napa - Rutherford - Red

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USA - California - Napa - Rutherford

Red Proprietary Blend
Producer Notes

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... More »

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Drink Dates
Comm: 2005-2007 VF: 2002-2010

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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 96
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Source Vinfolio

Tasted upon release: Warm and lush spiciness, black olives, smoky black cherry, plum and anise, with excellent acidity. As I noted earlier, when clients tasted this wine out of bottle next to the 1995, 1996 and 1997 vintages in a vertical tasting, they ordered the 1998 by a factor of 2 to 1 over any of the other vintages. I have tasted this several times with consistent impressions; still drinking beautifully.

Author NC
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.502%
Tasted On 05/24/2015
Drink Dates 2015-2015

Fabulous. Great body & taste. No tannin. wonderful wine

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Author Roger S835
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 83.333%
Tasted On 04/29/2009
Drink Dates 2007
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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 10/20/2003
Drink Dates 2003-2008

Darkly colored with attractive though light aromas of cherry, slight smoke, and some earth. High acidity in the mouth with rather emaciated fruit. The wine finishes long with smoky earth and wood. Bordeaux styled ? a minor league Opus One?

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