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Quintessa Red 2012

Quintessa Red 2012

750ML        
Sku: 010207

Rating
 Vinous 91 points (May 2014)
(85% cabernet sauvignon, 7% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 2% each petit verdot and carmenere): Full, saturated medium ruby. Very dark, vibrant aromas of blueberry, black raspberry, creme de cassis, fruity bitter chocolate, spices and violet. Densely packed if still a bit youthfully imploded, showing an almost porty primary dark fruit character along with a note of cocoa powder. Ultimately pliant in the mouth, with an enticing balance of sweetness and natural acidity. Finishes with serious, building tannins and a firming mineral note. This should age slowly and gracefully. Strong potential here. 91-94 Points
 Wine Spectator 92 points (Aug 19 2015)
Pleasantly rich, graceful and elegant, with a tapered mix of currant, blueberry and blackberry flavors that are ripe, firm and deep, but not weighty or excessive. A seductive push of black licorice adds dimension. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Carmenere and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2027.-J.L.

Wine maker notes
Quintessa, like all classic wines of the world, bears the same name as the vineyard from which it is made. Our goal is to produce the best expression of this extraordinary vineyard each year. In broad terms, Quintessa is a red meritage wine. Each year, it is a blend that can include some or all of the five varietals grown on the estate: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenere. The vineyard's diversity provides us wide stylistic options for the wine. Fruit from each component block of Quintessa is harvested, sorted, then gravity fed into either oak or stainless steel fermentation tanks. Once fermentation and maceration are complete, each block wine is aged separately for up to two years in french oak barrels in our caves. After this aging period the components are brought together and the final Quintessa blend is created. The wine is then bottled and laid down for yet another year before release. Although each vintage is unique, we have discovered that finesse and elegance best express the character of the vineyard and as such, we blend for harmony, balance, and length of flavors. Above all, our objective is to make Quintessa a delicious wine that is complementary to food. -Agustin Huneeus Vintner/Proprietor

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