Quintessa 2015

RRP £190

A very warm year with a small crop – “This was a concentrated vintage, early and fast. We were finished before start of October,” winemaker Rebekah Wineburg said. A lovely coffee nose, and the early palate is rich and supple, opulent, dense and concentrated. It’s hot though, an unmissable alcohol heat that dominates the mid palate and takes the focus off that fine black fruit and violet perfume. At this particular moment it’s less successful than the 2017, 2016, 2014 2013 or 2010 that are part of this tasting. It lacks that wash of juice that refreshes the beautiful dryness of the others; the alcohol dominates the finish and makes it seem simply dry. I wonder if those tannins will get sweeter?

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Carmenere.

Alcohol

14.5%

Bottle size

750ml

Drink dates

2020 - 2023

Origin

Country

USA

Region

California

Sub-region

Napa Valley AVA

Area

Rutherford AVA

Tasting Information

Blind

No

Tasted by

Adam Lechmere

UK Stockist

Crump, Richmond and Shaw

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