Quintessa

Quintessa

Rutherford Red Blend 2015

Deep ruby - almost purple - hue with tearing and staining. Nose has a lot of red and black fruit; cherry pie filling, raspberry jam, creme de cassis, ripe blackberry, nutmeg and light baking spices, white pepper, dusty cedar box, vanilla, pencil shavings, dried violets, earl grey tea, and mushrooms. Strong tannins on the palate, long, elegant finish. Deep complexity, layered character. Full-bodied. I can only imagine this wine ten years on. Classic pairing with filet mignon and white truffle sautéed mushrooms, roasted potatoes and asparagus. Vintage 2015. 14.5% ABV. Happy Anniversary @Deked1 ❤️❤️ — 17 days ago

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We must share anniversary dates...celebrating our 5th anniversary tonight! We opened a couple 2015s too...2015 Jarvis Finch Hollow Chardonnay and 2015 Rivers Marie Panek Cabernet. Happy anniversary!
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Ah, lovely!! Those bottles sound delicious. Happy anniversary to you, too! Cheers to many more 🍾🥂

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.
— 2 years ago

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Quintessa

Illumination Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Always one of the lightest, yet most flavorful, wines. — 3 days ago

Quintessa

Dragon's Terrace Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

More barrel tasting 🍷 — 6 months ago

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Quintessa

Bench Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Barrel tasting — 6 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.
— 2 years ago

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Faust

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Beautifully cellared by the winemaker. First vintage of Faust. Dripping tobacco and tertiary elements peaking. Never thought Faust could age by any means. It is true that earlier vintages have a bit of Quintessa fruit in them. Thank you, Jen Beloz ;) — 5 months ago

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! — a year 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

Davis Family Vineyards

Rockpile Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Kirk F
9.2

Tough duty going up against Quintessa. — 4 years ago

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4 bottles deep. Impressive. How was this one?
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Very good. Have a couple more. You're in next time!