Quintessa Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

$199.99

97 points - limited                           Quintessa is one of Napa Valley's most collective Cabernets year-in and year-out and the 2016 is no exception.  Extremely limited. 98 Points James Suckling: "Phenomenal aromas of crushed berries, forest fruit, mushrooms and iron. Medium to full body, with layers of soft and refined tannins that follow through to a beautiful finish. Extremely long and refined. This shows depth and structure with balance and harmony. Hard not to open the bottle now and drink it, but it appears to be closing down now. Needs four to five years to show it all." 97+ Points Robert Parker: "The 2016 Proprietary Red Wine is blended of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carménère, with all fruit coming from the Quintessa estate, and it aged for 20 months in 73% new French oak. Very deep purple-black in color, it comes bounding out of the glass like a pedigree pup with exuberant notions of crème de cassis, warm blueberries and black cherries with hints of redcurrants, kirsch, candied violets, crushed rocks, cigar box and fallen leaves plus a waft of truffles. Full, rich and beautifully laced with layers of floral notes and fragrant earth, the profound black and blue fruits build slowly in the mouth, achieving great energy and depth with a beautiful velvety frame, finishing long and perfumed."

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Ratings on Delectable

Shawn R Delectable Pro

I picked up a few of these for $110 a bottle, wanted to check in on the current state. I have had a few 16’s that are very opulent and approachable, not the case with this. Needs 8-10 years-course tannins with minimum fruit profile and high acid.

I picked up a few of these for $110 a bottle, wanted to check in on the current state. I have had a few 16’s that are very opulent and approachable, not the case with this. Needs 8-10 years-course tannins with minimum fruit profile and high acid.

Joe C

Less than I was led to believe it was. Solid but not special. A bit overly sweet and not very nuanced. Narrow profile. Needs more time perhaps.

Less than I was led to believe it was. Solid but not special. A bit overly sweet and not very nuanced. Narrow profile. Needs more time perhaps.

9.1

Gunja Gargeshwari

Jammy!

Jammy!

9.3

Paul K

Had to try one. Leave alone for a long while. Will go from awesome to amazing. @David T haha. I should have cited you as a source after reading your review I felt I had to justify opening early and said basically the same thing.

Had to try one. Leave alone for a long while. Will go from awesome to amazing. @David T haha. I should have cited you as a source after reading your review I felt I had to justify opening early and said basically the same thing.

9.4

Skip Smyser

A young vibrant Cabernet that will do nothing but improve. I have a case and will Cellar for 5 years before I try again

A young vibrant Cabernet that will do nothing but improve. I have a case and will Cellar for 5 years before I try again

9.4

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