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Quintessa Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES: �The 2005 Quintessa opens with beautiful complexity, perfume and nuance on the nose. In the glass, the wine evolves with time and a quiet entry builds to a structured, solid mid-palate with dense black fruit. Its long finish unfolds with exquisitely supple tannins and a caress of sweet fruit.� Quintessa Winery Background (Below)

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Quintessa Winery:
THE ESTATE "In 1989, Valeria and I found the property that would become Quintessa, a remarkable estate in the heart of the renowned Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley. With 280 acres, it was the last great undeveloped property in Napa Valley and had all the characteristics of a great wine estate: rolling hills, many different microclimates and a vast diversity of soil types. Now with... Read more
THE ESTATE "In 1989, Valeria and I found the property that would become Quintessa, a remarkable estate in the heart of the renowned Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley. With 280 acres, it was the last great undeveloped property in Napa Valley and had all the characteristics of a great wine estate: rolling hills, many different microclimates and a vast diversity of soil types. Now with nearly fifteen years of growth, the vines have lost their youthful exuberance and have developed into a balanced vineyard that needs little manipulation to produce low yields and concentrated flavors." Agustin Huneeus Vintner/Proprietor The Vineyard's Diversity Defines Quintessa "The fact that the property at Quintessa had never been planted to grapes before spoke to the vivacity of the soil and the absence of grape pests. But it was amazing the diversity of the land that convinced us of Quintessa's potential to be one of the truly great wine estates of the world. The estate includes a valley, a lake, a river, five hills, four microclimates and numerous different soil types. Few vineyards anywhere encompass such diversity." Valeria Huneeus Vineyard Master/Proprietor THE WINE "Quintessa, like all classic wines of the world, bears the same name as the vineyard from which it is made. Our goal is to produce the best expression of this extraordinary vineyard each year. In broad terms, Quintessa is a red meritage wine. The vineyard's diversity provides us wide stylistic options for the wine. Fruit from each component block of Quintessa is harvested, sorted, then gravity fed into either oak or stainless steel fermentation tanks. Once fermentation and maceration are complete, each block wine is aged separately for up to two years in french oak barrels in our caves. After this ageing period the components are brought together and the final Quintessa blend is created. The wine is then bottled and laid down for yet another year before release. Although each vintage is unique, we have discovered that finesse and elegance best express the character of the vineyard and as such, we blend for harmony, balance, and length of flavors. Above all, our objective is to make Quintessa a delicious wine that is complementary to food." Agustin Huneeus Vintner/Proprietor Read less

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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3.50 5
01/27/2010

aromas offers a rich peppery soil and earth combined with garnet and currants. The palate provides a black and red fruit combination filled with berry fruits + black pepper spices linger at the tips, wonderful smooth mouthfeel and long finish


Snooth User: oxygin21
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5.00 5
06/23/2009

Very complex deep wine. Extremely well balanced, bit heavy on the french oak, leads to a cedar like finish, can't wait for this in 10 years...


Snooth User: Michael Somm
19751658
5.00 5
06/12/2009

Great wine. wonderful balance. good fruit. Lots of oak, but I think it will fade nicely with age


4.50 5
02/06/2010

This is a magnificent wine. While all vintages are outstanding the 2005 vintage is a standout. The correct description is opulent. While it works with many dishes, (i especially enjoy it with kobe' beef)perhaps it is best enjoyed all by itself. It's a bit pricey...but worth every penny. Enjoy!


Snooth User: Nick Brown
100095168
4.50 5
11/23/2008

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Quintessa Cabernet Sauvignon

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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Bright red-ruby. Musky, rather exotic aromas of dark raspberry, blackberry, woodsmoke and spicy oak, complicated by a mineral pungency. Fat, sweet and lush, with deep flavors of dark berries and truffle. At once classically dry and pliant, with a fatter texture than most past releases of this wine. The finish features big, broad, dusty tannins; good building length; and a note of Rutherford dust.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Tough-edged, with firm, austere, dry and chalky tannins, but also a rich, dense, minerally core of currant and black cherry, ending with a dash of leather. Drink now through 2010. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The 1999, an 8,000-case blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, is a delicate, elegant, restrained, polite effort with pretty red and black currant flavors intermixed with licorice, soil overtones, and subtle spicy oak. It is neither big nor flamboyant. This is a polished, exceptionally refined offering, particularly for a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Although somewhat understated, one has to respect its integrity and intention. It should age nicely for 10-15 years.


External Review
03/16/2010

Quintessa Quintessa 2005 and all other wine from Quintessa are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

This elegant 2000 makes a lasting impression, for its zesty dark fruit rather than for its size. Firm tannins check the heady density, though not the delicious flavor. Green herb accents develop with air, as layers of flavor will develop with time.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Quite ripe and oaky, made in a big, impressive style. Knocks you out with the density and concentration of its blackcurrant, dark chocolate and coffee flavors that are well-oaked. Completely dry, and with a tart, espresso-like bitterness, this beauty is guaranteed to age, with its firm tannins. Now through 2015.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

This luxury cuvée produced from a single-vineyard is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon. It is made in an exceptionally restrained, polite style that is meant to emulate a Bordeaux, but may go too far in terms of delicacy and subtlety. It is an attractive wine, with a dark ruby color, and a moderately intense nose of red/black currants, and spicy new oak. In the mouth, it is elegant and medium-bodied, with good richness, moderate tannin, and a pure finish. Subtlety is a worthy goal in winemaking, but this example may err to far in that direction. Already supple and velvety-textured enough to drink now, it should age nicely for 7-10 years.


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WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES: �The 2005 Quintessa opens with beautiful complexity, perfume and nuance on the nose. In the glass, the wine evolves with time and a quiet entry builds to a structured, solid mid-palate with dense black fruit. Its long finish unfolds with exquisitely supple tannins and a caress of sweet fruit.� Quintessa Winery Background (Below)

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