A decade ago, Quintessa bottled what they knew would be a very special wine. In anticipation of the magic that extended bottle age would bring to this future classic, they tucked away a limited number of bottles to evolve in the caves where it was born. Today, this captivating release is finally ready to take home. Violet, dried herbs and anise fall into fresh earth and fruit compote. The palate’s black cherry has elegantly evolved into deep red and black fruit balanced by bright acidity and forest floor. This is the reward for patience you didn’t know you had, in a large format bottle you didn’t realize you’d been waiting for!
Most easily identified by its breathtaking stone wall that fronts the property on the Silverado Trail, this remarkable 280-acre Rutherford estate is the crown jewel in Agustin Huneeus’ kingdom. The last great “undiscovered property” in the Valley when it was purchased in 1989, the amazing potential of this heavenly plot of Earth gave them reason to believe that it could be one of the great wine estates of the world. Possessing a lake, its own minivalley, five hills, a river, four microclimates and numerous different soil types, few vineyards anywhere encompass such diversity. With a little hard work, serious winemaking talent in Charles Thomas, and a commitment to results in the bottle, Quintessa was born. One vineyard, one singular estate wine… the results speak for themselves!
The 2010 Proprietary Red Wine will be re-released as a library wine this year. It is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carménère aged for 20 months in 85% new French oak. Medium to deep garnet colored, it sings of potpourri, fallen leaves, underbrush, baking fruits and sandalwood over a core of redcurrant jelly, Black Forest cake and wild sage with wafts of beef drippings and iron ore. Medium-bodied, the elegant, spicy fruit slides seductively over the palate with a gentle grip of grainy tannins, finishing on a provocative ferrous note.