Quintessa Mini Vertical

Specialty Imports
Tasted Saturday, September 1, 2007 by jjclips2 with 722 views

Introduction

Have had great experiences with these wines. Very excited to try these back to back.

Flight 1 (4 Notes)

  • 2000 Quintessa 92 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford

    Lightly spicy on nose with a floral note. Violets and lightly crushed black berries. The palate is nicely extracted with black currant, toast, cedar and cigar box finishing with dusty tannins. Starting to evolve nicely.

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  • 2002 Quintessa 94 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford

    Different in style than the '00 and riper vintage as well. This shows a deper, more decadent, almost jammy nose of blackberry, plums, and hints of chocolate. Spices, very rich and extracted style with creme de cassis, milk chocolate, and loads of American oak. Super ripe bottle showing beautifully now, however with the lack of acidity as well as tannin structure, not too sure how long this one will last.

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  • 2003 Quintessa 87 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford

    Least favorite of the lineup. The nose is very closed showing only some oak components of toast and vanilla. Has some nice fine grained dusty tannin structure but the fruit falls short and rather bland. Is this bottle shut down for now?

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  • 2004 Quintessa 91 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford

    That's more like it! Showing a few steps up from the '03, but still not quite the '02. Nice nose of ripe black raspberries, warm spices, pain grille, and a unique characteristic reminiscent of brownies. The palate delivers rich plum, blackberry, and spiciness. Finishes with great acidity and firm tannins. Definitely cellar worthy.

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Closing

Some great wines, but a change in style from the '00 and '02 to the newer '03 and '04 vintages. Where the hell's the '01???

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