A Napa biggie, a cousin of the pricier Quintessa. Nose of blackberry, eucalyptus, and earth. Rich feel on palate seemingly coming from myriad directions: dark currants, cocoa/chocolate, even some hints of pumpkin pie spice blend. The fruit, however, is a tad out of whack to the tannins and the wine is a bit “hot” (14.5% alc.) making it seem a bit unbalanced. A sinewy, semi-long finish that is slightly sweet. Nevertheless, a quite good wine, and a bargain when compared to many of its pricey Napa neighbors. Try with grilled hanger steak. Highly recommended.

WHO: Quintessa
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc (2%), Petit Verdot (2%), Malbec (1%)
WHERE: Napa Valley, California
WHEN: 2006
HOW MUCH: $45

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