2013 Quintessa Rutherford Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1267897 98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is really fantastic on the nose with blackberry, blueberry, lavender, and violets. Even sage. Full body plus extremely integrated tannins that are polished and refined. The balance and harmony is phenomenal. Goes on for minutes. Inner quote mark (5/2016)

96 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2013 Proprietary Red Wine has always been good, but I think they have re-positioned themselves at a much higher pinnacle with the 2013. This is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend but has important component parts such as Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot from their gorgeous vineyards just off the Silverado Trail in Rutherford. The wine has a dense bluish/purple color and a beautiful nose of black raspberries, blueberries, lead pencil shavings, and touches of oak and spring flowers. The complexity of the fragrance is followed by a wine with terrific body, stunning purity, wonderful balance, and great depth and richness. This is certainly the most profound Quintessa made to date and should evolve gracefully for at least 20-25 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2015)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark An excellent, powerful and concentrated wine with smoked tar notes, ripe fig and gourmet blackberry puree. Shares similarities with the 2017, this is a big and ripe wine that is extremely easy to recommend. Impressively nuanced as it spends time in the glass, showing a curl of rose petal on the finish. (JA) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

93 points Jane Anson

Outer quote mark A naturally powerful vintage, where the inherent character is muscular and intense (as a small indication as to why, there were on average 3 seeds per berry in 2013 compared to one in 2011, meaning a huge potential for extraction of tannins). Expect layers of chocolate, tar, espresso, liqourice, charred oak, bay leaf, eucalyptus, a slight hardness to the tannins on the close of play that will soften further over the next few years, even though it doesn't detract from the succulent fig and blackberry fruits. You can begin drinking now but will it benefit from a good long aeration. Charles Thomas winemaker, Michel Rolland consultant, 85% new oak for ageing. Inner quote mark (1/2022)

K&L Notes

96 points Joe Czerwinski for Wine Advocate: "Still showing terrifically youthful purple color, the 2013 Proprietary Red Wine delivers waves of cedar, vanilla and black cherries. It's richer and more concentrated than typical for the estate yet still silky in feel, with a medium to full-bodied palate and ample length on the mocha-tinged finish. It should drink well for another 15 years or so." (09/2022)

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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/4/2016 | Send Email
For those looking for true premium wines from California, the 2013 Quintessa should certainly be on your list. The nose is highly perfumed with notes of anise, dark berries, and elegant oak spices. The dark, seductive fruit shows very smooth and concentrated right off the bat. Though the wine has excellent structure which should allow it to age beautifully, it is still approachable young. There is really nothing lacking here: elegance, weight, depth, structure, fruit and earth combine beautifully and bring out the true potential of premium California reds.

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/4/2016 | Send Email
Structure, grip, texture, gorgeous concentration and extraction to the lush and generous fruit. This wine can be approached now, or will go and go for years to come for the patient.

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