Quintessa

Quintessa

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2010

Labor Day with friends…magnum of Quintessa…very nice!!! — 11 days ago

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Heitz Cellar

Bella Oaks Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

David T
9.3

One of our last Heitz Bella Oaks bottling’s.

Heitz no longer leases the vineyard. The fruit from the Bella Oaks Vineyard is now bottled by Quintessa at $200 a bottle when Heitz sold it at around $70 or less when they leased the terroir.

The better pair with the end cut of the Prime Rib with creamy, horse radish.

Floral, candied, spice driven fruit of; dark currants, blackberries, black raspberries, black plums with tough skins, plums, dark cherries and deep, juicy strawberries. Dark tarriness, steeped black tea, incense, burnt amber, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, dark chocolate bar, mocha powder, moist clay, dry, crushed rocks, dry, twig, eucalyptus, sage, bay leaf, dry top soil, tobacco, leather, cedar, grainy limestone with dark, red, purple, candied withering florals that dark & candied. The acidity is perfect. The structure, tension, balance and length still need 6–10 years. The finish is; rich, beauty, elegant that starts, fresh, juicy falling on to earth & spice that persist until you have something bigger.

Plated with very cheesy Au Gratins & caramelized carrots.

Still an adolescent with 15-20 years of good sipping ahead of it.

The most flavorful piece of beef I’ve ever had. Had more tender Wagyu Ribcaps, just not this much flavor.

Happy New Year! 🥳🎉🍷🎊

12.31.2020
— 9 months ago

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Le Pich

Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017

David T
9.1

This is Purlieu’s sister winery. We were the second tasting given in their new facilities just on the edge of Napa as you approach from American Canyon.

We started our visit with a splash of their 17 Sauvignon Blanc as we toured their new facilities.

A hybrid of tropical & dry style. It has understated tropicals of mango, pineapple, white citrus, peach, cut grass, round acidity and nicely polished finish.

Photos of, their lobby, labels of the assorted different producers that make their wines there and their tasting bar.

For those of you not familiar with Le Pich, I took this from their site...Le Pich, which is the Wappo Indian term for "golden eagle," is the sister label of Napa Valley's esteemed Purlieu Wines. The wines are crafted by rising star winemaker Julien Fayard. Originally from France, Julien has lived in the Napa Valley since 2006, when he and his wife agreed to settle down by “meeting halfway” — between his home in France… and hers in Sonoma. In France, Julien worked in both Provence and Bordeaux, where he defined his core winemaking style at the exalted first growth Château Lafite-Rothschild (he even lived in Lafite’s grand château for a period) as well as at Smith Haut Lafitte. In Napa, Julien worked at Quintessa before joining Atelier Melka, where he spent five years as the Director of Winemaking. He has worked with the likes of Lail Vineyards, Gemstone, Dalla Valle, and more and his Le Pich wines are some of the best values we've found in Napa Valley.
— 3 years ago

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Quintessa

Illumination Sauvignon Blanc

Delicious, sharp, & bright (I think those are wine words) — 16 days ago

Quintessa

Dragon's Terrace Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

More barrel tasting 🍷 — 2 years ago

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Quintessa

Bench Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Barrel tasting — 2 years ago

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Le Pich

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

David T
9.2

The nose reveals; dark, floral currants. Ripe; blackberries, black plum, black raspberries blue fruits & dark cherries. Black licorice, lots of cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, clove, steeped dark fruit tea, soft volcanic minerals, soft leather, crushed dry rocks, blue & purple flowers with dark fresh & withering dark florals bouquet.

The body is full. The tannins nicely round & soft. The wine is juicy, delicious & easy to drink now. Ripe blackberries, black plum, black raspberries blue fruits & dark cherries. black licorice, lots of cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, clove, steeped dark fruit tea, soft volcanic minerals, soft leather, crushed dry rocks, suede leather, dry underbrush, mint, hints if dry herbs, woody notes, blue & purple flowers with dark fresh & withering dark florals bouquet. The acidity is well executed. The finish is round, balanced, juicy and delicious.

Photos of, their lobby, labels of the assorted different producers that make their wines there and their tasting bar.

For those of you not familiar with Le Pich, I took this from their site...Le Pich, which is the Wappo Indian term for "golden eagle," is the sister label of Napa Valley's esteemed Purlieu Wines. The wines are crafted by rising star winemaker Julien Fayard. Originally from France, Julien has lived in the Napa Valley since 2006, when he and his wife agreed to settle down by “meeting halfway” — between his home in France… and hers in Sonoma. In France, Julien worked in both Provence and Bordeaux, where he defined his core winemaking style at the exalted first growth Château Lafite-Rothschild (he even lived in Lafite’s grand château for a period) as well as at Smith Haut Lafitte. In Napa, Julien worked at Quintessa before joining Atelier Melka, where he spent five years as the Director of Winemaking. He has worked with the likes of; Lail Vineyards, Gemstone, Dalla Valle, and more.

Le Pich wines are some of the best values we've found in Napa Valley.
— 3 years ago

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Quintessa

Rutherford Red Blend

Smooth, black cherry, vanilla, stone — 2 months ago

Faust

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Ron R
9.2

Good, solid everyday quaffer.
Bold fruits, combine with rugged tannins. Let this unfurl for a while longer. Is this from Quintessa?
— 8 months ago

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Wm. Harrison Vineyards & Winery (William Harrison)

Rutherford Red Blend 2008

Tasted alongside a 2008 Quintessa, this producer's immediate neighbor. In a nutshell, this wine came out swinging from the very first minute. Definitely a boxer ready for the fight. Dark and brooding, inky. Volcanic blackberry and tar nose. Had a roasted St. Helena character. Blackberry, black licorice, hint of ripe fig and pipe tobacco on the front and mid palate. Rutherford dust on the finish. Almost goes more to the red clay volcanic Howell Mountain profile at 11 years of age likely thanks to its unique soil composition at the estate. The style here between this one and the Quintessa were remarkably different yet the dust is still there on both. The Quintessa seemed much more youthful and even a little bit lighter, which definitely could be astringency, with age-ability probably a bit better yet this Harrison is going nowhere for the next 10 years itself. In my opinion, no clear victor between the two. Well done Wm. Harrison! — 2 years ago

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Definitely a fun side by side with the Quintessa (who is its neighbor in the valley). Mark’s note is spot on. This was darker and more fruit forward (more dense and sweeter black cherry) licorice and cherry cordial aromatics. More encapsulating on the palate...red and black fruits, plum and candied cranberries with classical Rutherford dust. Firing on all cylinders right now. Thanks @Mark Flesher
9.4