Quintessa Proprietary Red Blend 2015 (Rutherford, Napa Valley, California) - [JS 97] [RP 94-96] [WS 91]

Quintessa Proprietary Red Blend 2015
(Rutherford, Napa Valley, California) - [JS 97] [RP 94-96] [WS 91]

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Notes from the Winemaker:
The 2015 Quintessa is a seductive wine beginning with intense black fruits and warm spice and finishing with dense yet silky tannin. Opening with aromas of black cherry and blackcurrant, the wine expands in the glass as notes of clove, bay leaves, and dark chocolate layering on top of crushed rock, graphite and red earth. Fine grained tannin and dense fruit bound together by lively acidity and a long finish complete the picture and promise further pleasure in the years to come.

The 2015 season began beautifully, with ample rains a welcome sight after three years of drought. Warm late winter temperatures prompted an early budbreak and ultimately one of the earliest harvests on record for Quintessa. Overall, yields were low with outstanding quality as we began harvest in the early morning of September 2nd. Harvest continued at a fast pace, completing on September 30th. A whirlwind of activity that produced a classic Quintessa vintage of opulence, texture, and length. Truly a collector’s vintage for its low yields and exceptional quality, the 2015 Quintessa will age gracefully for many years.

Appellation: Rutherford
Harvest Dates: September 2-September 30, 2015
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Carmenere
Maceration: 19 days average
Time in Oak: 21 months
Oak: 100% French, 75% New, from diverse forests north of the Loire River
Alcohol: 14.5%
Vineyard Blocks (in descending order): Dragon's Terrace, Bench, Corona Sur, Mont Calisse, Cruz del Sur, Limelight, Riviera Sur, Las Casas, Corona Norte, Alcantara, Silver South, Corral, Lake Terrace, Canyon, Tesoro

Ratings & Reviews

97 Points - James Suckling:
"Aromas of blue fruits, blackberries, tile and lead pencil. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh, bright finish. Layered and intense with white-pepper and salt undertones. Love the finish to this racy young wine. Beautiful blue fruits! Drink in 2020 and onwards. From biodynamic grapes." - (May 23, 2018)

94-96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Proprietary Red Wine has a very deep purple color and notes of crushed rocks, dusty earth and iron ore over blackcurrants and black cherries, plus hints of tapenade, bay leaves, underbrush and chargrill. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is bursting with densely packed, youthful black fruits, framed by finely grained tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing long and mineral laced. This was tasted as a barrel sample." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (31st Oct 2017)

91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:

"An elegant, graceful style that shows depth, richness, polish and finesse, centered on a core of plum and dark berry flavors, with loamy earth, cedar and licorice notes, firming nicely on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenère. Best from 2019 through 2029. 9,000 cases made." – JL (Jul 31, 2018)