Cabernet Sauvignon

Quintessa 2014

RRP £195

2014 was an excellent growing season (albeit with 6.0 magnitude earthquake on 24 August). This is fresh, perfumed, rich and intense. The perfume is garriguey and Mediterranean, lovely dusty (Rutherford dust) tannins and then sweet acidity washed by juice. What a lovely wine – fresh and complex, racy, seamless acidity. Supple and plush. Quintessa is one of those wineries (Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is another, Corison, Stony Hill and many more) that has maintained the same leaner, fresher style through the Napa boom years. “The ambition has been maintained from the beginning,” says winemaker Rebekah Wineburg. These wines are now absolutely of their time, and they are splendid.

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

2021 - 2035

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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