Quintessa 2016

RRP £187

2106 was an excellent vintage, with a cool August which allowed the fruit to “reach peak ripeness and beautiful vineyard expression,” the winery says in its notes. This is a lovely wine. During our tasting, winemaker Rebekah Wineburg said that it was aged in 60% new French oak. “We’re bringing it down,” she said, almost with surprise (as if noticing for the first time). The fruit is dark and sweet and perfumed, with a hint of sage and herb (that particularly creamy, scented Napa garrigue). The tannins show a perfect expression of the elusive sensation of powdery, ultra-dark chocolate and tang of iron that aficionadoes call Rutherford dust (a term allegedly coined by André Tchelistcheff). Crunchy, fresh, bright and juicy. Accomplished.

Score

Wine Details

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

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

Alcohol

14.5%

Bottle size

750ml

Drink dates

2022 - 2034

Origin

Country

USA

Region

California

Sub-region

Napa Valley AVA

Area

Rutherford AVA

Tasting Information

Blind

Yes

Tasted by

Adam Lechmere

UK Stockist

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