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Quintessa 2020


Case Format: 12x75cl

Quintessa Estate is 280 hectare Napa Valley wine producer, located in American Viticultural Area. Whilst focused is placed on producing just one wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend that is consistently met with high acclaim there are also plantings of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenere on the estate property. The property’s hills, lake and river contribute different mesoclimates, and there are several different types of soil. The 26 separate vineyard blocks are all vinified separately, and then the final blend is decided before bottling each vintage.



Jonathan Cristaldi

Here is one of the stars of this challenging vintage. A muscular wine, leading with tremendous freshness on the palate, restrained red-toned fruit, and very subtle yet elegant cedar wood intermixed with red-rock minerality. Medium to full-bodied, offering more black fruit on the palate, redolent of muddled blackberries and juicy plums. An iron fist in a velvet glove comes to mind, given the tannin texture, which leads with the furry, velvety side of the glove and transitions to an undercurrent of ironclad and dusty minerals. All this turns fresh and lively through the finish. Perhaps a bit hot on the alcohol, but this will soften soon enough—absolutely one of the more riveting wines of the entire vintage. I had the chance to taste this wine at Quintessa with Rebekah Wineburg, Winemaker and Rodrigo Soto, General Manager, and it was the last in a lineup of wines going back to the 1994 vintage, and it showed all I have written -- Wineburg and Soto are so finely in tuned with Quintessa’s vineyards that it’s almost no surprise they devised such a beautiful wine through such a difficult year, battling fires and dealing with obstacles related to the pandemic. Seek this out.

Jane Anson

Before even taking a sip, the fragrant rosemary, fennel and rose petal aromatics take you into a nuanced and characterful Napa. Concentarated, earthy Rutherford dust, with silky tannins that float off the palate and carry you from beginning to end. Not easy to achieve this level of balance in the intensity of the 2020 vintage. Rodrigo Soto director, winemaker Rebekah Wineberg, consultant Michel Rolland, 60% new oak for ageing.


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