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2001 Quintessa Proprietary Red Wine Proprietary Blend

USA California North Coast Napa Rutherford

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Quintessa Proprietary Red Wine Proprietary Blend 2001
Mike P.
Mike P.

Rated  on May 21, 2008

 This wine was the last make by Philippe Melka. This wine is Cabernet with some Merlot. 18 months in oak, 100% French, 60% new. I liked this wines approachability. The same reason some did not like it. Moderate tannins. I did notice some of the famed Rutherford dust. A smooth beautiful long mouth feel. Medium dark fruit. Some browning on the edges. After some time in the glass some port notes evident on the nose. Tiring.

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One of the great Napa Meritage wines
Score: 93 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
I have tasted `95, `99, `00, `01, `02, and `03 vintages of Quintessa and like them all. Although the rating for the `01 was lower than most vintages, I found it to have very similar characteristics to previous, higher rated vintages. The wine is blended from a variety of vineyards with different terroirs to achieve the best, single wine for that year. I feel that Wine Spectator in particular rates Quintessa significantly lower than what I would myself. Wine Enthusiast generally rates all of the Quintessa vintages above 90, which is where they belong.

Posted by nomara1 on February 8, 2007
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