Red wine

Quintessa 2016

RRP £187 per bottle
UK Stockist
92
Tasted on
11/02/2021
Tasted by
Adam Lechmere
Tasted in
London

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.

Drinking Window
2022 - 2034
Wine Style
Still
Alcohol
14.5%
Country
USA
Region
California
Sub-region
Napa Valley AVA
Bottle size
750ml
Grape Varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Cabernet Franc
Carmenere, Petit Verdot