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Quintessa Red 1997

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Quintessa 1997 Harvest Dates: September 2 – 26, 1997 Skin contact: 15 days Time in oak: 23 months Type of oak: 100% French, 50% new Release date: September 2000 Quintessa 1997 exhibits amazing layers of ripe and concentrated fruit, sweet and long tannins that create richness on the palate. The ripe flavors are also complemented by aromas of bright red fruit that enhances this wine's drinking pleasure. Some refer to this as the vintage of the century - all we know is this lovely wine will stand the test of time and continue to develop for five to ten years in the bottle.

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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

Member Reviews for Quintessa Red

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Snooth User: Kemp Cellar
99811448
5.00 5
12/18/2011

Buzz 12-10-11 Kayne Prime


Snooth User: adb4usc
3773328
4.00 5
12/07/2007

Although 1997 was the signature year for Napa, I still have a preference for the 1996 Quintessa. The fruit in the '97 was lighter, as opposed the traditional rich, dark, and spicy flavor of the '94 - '96. Still a great wine!



Quintessa 1997 Harvest Dates: September 2 – 26, 1997 Skin contact: 15 days Time in oak: 23 months Type of oak: 100% French, 50% new Release date: September 2000 Quintessa 1997 exhibits amazing layers of ripe and concentrated fruit, sweet and long tannins that create richness on the palate. The ripe flavors are also complemented by aromas of bright red fruit that enhances this wine's drinking pleasure. Some refer to this as the vintage of the century - all we know is this lovely wine will stand the test of time and continue to develop for five to ten years in the bottle.

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