A Napa biggie, a cousin of the pricier Quintessa. Nose of blackberry, eucalyptus, and earth. Rich feel on palate seemingly coming from myriad directions: dark currants, cocoa/chocolate, even some hints of pumpkin pie spice blend. The fruit, however, is a tad out of whack to the tannins and the wine is a bit “hot” (14.5% alc.) making it seem a bit unbalanced. A sinewy, semi-long finish that is slightly sweet. Nevertheless, a quite good wine, and a bargain when compared to many of its pricey Napa neighbors. Try with grilled hanger steak. Highly recommended.
This generous donation of the Quintessential Wine Experience comes from the generous folks at Quintessa. It includes one 3.0L bottle of Quintessa 2006, a red blend from the 280-acre Quintessa vineyard in Rutherford, in a beautiful black walnut box, plus a private tour and tasting of the Quintessential Wine Estate for four guests including a tour of the Quintessa vineyard and winery and a sit-down tasting of two vineyard blocks and two vintages of Quintessa paired with artisan cheeses. Total retail value $930.00.