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    Quintessa 2004
    Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley, California

    Ratings

    • CG96
    • WE95
    Price: $159.00
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 96 Connoisseurs' Guide, 95 Wine Enthusiast, 94 Wine & Spirits

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Item no. 90708

    Winemaker's Notes:

    "Due to a very concentrated vintage, the 2004 Quintessa takes a departure into the realm of power, all the while maintaining the finesse and elegance that have been the signature of the wine from the Quintessa Estate since its inception. An opaque jet black robe leads to a bold attack, transitioning into a weighty, layered mid-palette of infinite complexity. The finish is supple and round with good length and exquisitely forged tannins."
    -Aaron Pott, Winemaker

    Critical Acclaim:

    This dazzling effort from Quintessa recalls the first-rate bottlings of a few vintages back and re-establishes the winery at the top of the list for varietal excellence. From the very outset, the wine establishes a strong base of deep, cassis and sweet plum fruit and adds in layers of enriching, wholly complementary oak. It comes with exceptional balance and is buttressed by an ample dose of youthful tannin, and everything about this handsomely executed bottling points to its certain acquisition of increased complexity and polish over a decade and more.

    96 Points
    Connoisseurs' Guide

    A dramatic young wine, fleshy and dazzling now for its lush fruit and oak, although the tannins have a crunchy hardness. But that merely ensures ageability. It's beautiful the way the acid-tannin structure plays against the cherry, cassis and olive fruit, creating an architectural tension.

    95 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    From the Huneeus estate on the east side of Napa Valley in Rutherford, Quintessa is a selection from 170 acres of vineyards, mostly planted to cabernet sauvignon, along with merlot and small blocks of cabernet franc, petit verdot and carmenère. The concentrated crop in 2004 produced a wine with elegance as well as resonant power in its tannin. The fruit is perfumed, the tannin tremendously rich, almost chewy. It leaves a lasting impression of warm red spice. Delicious with tea-smoked duck.

    94 Points
    Wine & Spirits

    Dense garnet hue with a reddish rim. Complex bouquet of raspberry and cassis with wisps of cedar and menthol. Juicy flavors of wild cherry and raspberry along with abundant cedar and oak impressions. Silky tannins and vibrant acidity propel the raspberry-soaked close.

    91 Points
    Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
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