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Date Printed: 7/26/2014
Quintessa  2003
Quintessa 2003
(search item no. 88536)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $119.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's 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. 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 ageing 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.

2003 produced wines of infinite complexity that remind us that vintages do make a difference in California. If some vintages are epic Symphonies that dazzle even the untrained ear with their power and force, then 2003 is an intricate string concerto that astounds us with subtlety and speaks to our soul. Quintessa 2003 is a wine that draws its power not from a single idea of concentration but from layer upon layer of complexity. It is an intellectual wine requiring study to understand its full profound genius.

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About Quintessa:

In the northeastern corner of Rutherfod lies Quintessa. The estate is one of the most scenic and geographically unique properties of the Napa Valley. When Agustin and Valeria Huneeus began to develop the property as a vineyard in 1990, they availed themselves of the most advanced viticultural research of the time. Valeria Huneeus, in keeping with her vision as steward of this land, has guided Quintessa's evolution from sustainable farming in 1990 to organic farming in 1995 and to biodynamic farming in 2000. The winery at Quintessa was built into one of the property's many hills. Its eco-sensitive design incorporates gravity flow, French oak and stainless steel fermenters specifically tailored to the diverse blocks of the Quintessa vineyard, and naturally cold caves.