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2006 Quintessa US Red Blend

Winery: Quintessa

Vintage: 2006

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Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, & 1% Carmenere

Region: Rutherford

State or country: CA

Price: $145

Cases produced: 9,400

KWG Score: 93 (based on 6 reviews)

Average Virtual Score: 96.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (96)

Review date: August 19, 2009

Wine Review: Quintessa was the host for the Napa Grand Tasting at this years WBC. Their wine in my opinion also took top honors based upon the wines I tried during this tasting. This very dark opaque purple wine opens with a very attractive black currant bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, very well balanced, and velvety. The flavor profile is a delicious black cherry with notes of black currant, black pepper, and spice. The finish is quite dry and its very lengthy and lingering tannins sail on for quite some time. This wine would be a perfect match for a grilled boneless ribeye. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Quintessa 2006 opens with sweet and inviting aromas of bright black fruit with red fruit undertones. It announces itself dramatically with a full lush entry, developing into a broad, rich and enrobing wine that coats the mouth with rich black fruit laced with a touch of mocha, licorice, sandalwood and vanilla spice. With tremendous density, concentration and ample fine tannins, this vintage is full and dramatic early and will age gracefully. —Winemaker Charles Thomas

Organic status: not organic

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