Quintessa

Quintessa

Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Black fruits. Moderate tannins and sweetness. Well balanced and long finish — 15 days 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 month 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

Faust

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Good stuff. Purple in the glass with aromas of baked fruit, herbs and vanilla. Classic Californian Cabernet flavours of jam, winter spice and berry fruits. Lovely smooth finish with some soft tannins and great lingering flavour. We'd all love to buy Quintessa every weekend but you need a strong budget for that, this is made by the same family with a more approachable price tag, enjoy. — 2 years ago

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Quintessa

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2008

I guess it has been a while since I experienced this one as I cannot find my previous rating here. This was a fun comparison made between this wine and a 2008 William Harrison Rutherford red, a Bordeaux blend made from grapes of Quintessa's immediate neighbor to the north. Styles were extremely different. Whereas the Harrison showed a darker side of Rutherford fruit with distinct Rutherford dust, this to me seemed to have more black cherry, herbal and youthful qualities to it but the backbone did still seem to be youthful blackberry. Still quite a bit of stiff oak astringency on the finish, but Rutherford dust did shine through. I was really amazed how youthful this wine was for 11 years. This thing could go another 15 to 20 years no question. This is a thoroughbred in a long race! Quintessa is always a treat!! — a month ago

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This bottle was open about an hour before the ‘08 WMHarrison (basically its neighbor in Napa) and this was substantially more youthful. Lots of classical Rutherford dust, with black cherries, tart and underripe blackberries and herbal sage on the nose. Dates, cedar, mocha, dark cocoa and youthful rhubarb pie on the palate. Tannic. More Bordeaux like when compared to the WMHarrison...I’d hold for a few more years.
9.3

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.
— a year ago

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Davis Family Vineyards

Rockpile Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Kirk F
9.2

Tough duty going up against Quintessa. — 3 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!

Quintessa

Rutherford Red Blend 2011

Strong in the nose, oaky, pepper and dried red friuts. Medium body with complex. — a month ago

Quintessa

Illumination Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Floral, grassy and grapefruit. This is a gorgeous SB. — 2 months 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.
— a year ago

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The Prisoner Wine Company

The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend

Smooth, smoky 2013 Prisoner now made by the folks that also make Quintessa. Great bloodlines. — 4 years ago