1996 Quintessa - Red 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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: Issue 93

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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.

Drink Dates: 2002-2010
Author: James Laube


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Customer Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: Ted M943
Tasted On: 07/07/2012
Wonderful, nuanced, bordeaux-like wine. Not thin at all, as some community notes implied. Decanting necessary.

Rating: 90
Author: Paco6945
Tasted On: 05/27/2009
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.

Rating: 93
Author: Tj R
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 01/20/2009
excellent, soft tannins, more complex than 1997

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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.

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