The best Quintessa in years, this huge, rich wine is really too young now. All the parts are beautiful, from the ripe, sweet cherry-blackberry fruit through the fine, dusty tannins to the lush overlay of vanilla-scented oak. This will be a great wine by 2007 and should last for many years afterward.
A 9,500-case blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2002 Proprietary Red Wine boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as lovely scents of flowers, plums, black currants, and notions of cherries, earthy/loamy soil, and tobacco leaf. Clearly the richest Quintessa to date, it is medium to full-bodied, with a seamless integration of wood, tannin, and acidity. (RP)
Sarah Gott made this wine at the Huneeus estate on the Silverado Trail just north of Rutherford. The wine has consistently been more about elegance than power or size, and this vintage follows in that path, offering a lot of presence without a lot of weight. That allows the texture to feel luscious and rich without feeling heavy. The fruit flavors range from juicy black cherry to riper plum, as well as an edge of super-ripeness that one taster compared to a ripasso wine.
Bright, saturated ruby-red. Sweet aromas of roasted plum, mocha, truffle, loam and maple syrup. Sweet, lush and broad, with fat flavors of currant and spices. Finishes with substantial, building, dusty tannins that coat the teeth. This would make a very good steakhouse red. (ST)
Sleek and focused, dark in color and rich in flavor, with full-bodied currant, mocha, blackberry and clove flavors that gain depth and complexity on the finish, leaving you hoping for a shade more length. On the aftertaste, the woody, leathery flavors stand out. (JL)
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