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Quintessa Red Bordeaux Blend Rutherford 1996

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Harvest Dates: September 5, 1996 – October 3, 1996 Skin contact: 21 days Time in oak: 17.5 months Type of oak: 100% French, 75% new Release date: September 1999 1996 was a warm season and a small crop so there is a ripeness of fruit that shines through in the bouquet. There is a tight concentration on the palate, with soft, ripe tannins and deep fruit and spice flavors. This is a powerful wine that has mellowed with an elegant, silky finish.

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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 Bordeaux Blend Rutherford

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Snooth User: adb4usc
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4.50 5
12/07/2007

An excellent Napa Valley '96 wine. I paired this recently with a Petite Filet and Rosemary crust. It was relatively tight after I pulled the cork, but after 90 minutes, it softened and had that elegant, silky finish.


Snooth User: michaelfmorris3
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4.00 5
08/18/2013

Four glasses



Harvest Dates: September 5, 1996 – October 3, 1996 Skin contact: 21 days Time in oak: 17.5 months Type of oak: 100% French, 75% new Release date: September 1999 1996 was a warm season and a small crop so there is a ripeness of fruit that shines through in the bouquet. There is a tight concentration on the palate, with soft, ripe tannins and deep fruit and spice flavors. This is a powerful wine that has mellowed with an elegant, silky finish.

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