Thursday, July 31, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Napa Red Bordeaux Blend - 2008 Quintessa Rutherford Red Wine

Some summer weekend nights at the Wino4Life household it is just too darn hot to go anywhere.  With low temperatures dipping into the 90s (I kid you not!), you just want to stay in the air conditioned comfort of home. But what happens when you are craving a trip to a great steakhouse at the same time?  Well then it's time for steakhouse at home.  A couple of choice filet mignons, some dried porcini mushrooms to grind to a powder for a crust on the steaks, some oven baked sweet potato fries and we are all set. Wait though, something is missing - oh yeah, we need a wine!  On this hot and story night it was one of my favorites - Quintessa. This bottle has been temptingly aging in the wine fridge for several years, so time to make that patience pay off... I hope!

 Wine: 2008 Quintessa Rutherford Red Wine
Region: Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
Grape Varieties: Bordeaux Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and the long lost 6th Bordeaux varietal Carmenere.
Obtained from: Purchased from the Winery
Price: $115
Wino4Life Category: Splurge Wine
Aeration before tasting: Filtered out a bit of sediment and decanted the wine for about 6 hours to get some nice aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: The wine is clear, dark purple in color with a pink rim.
Aroma: Beautiful dark red fruits like black cherry and black plum. Cola, coffee, spices.
Taste: Delicious, nicely balanced with enough tannins to age for more years to come, but I'm glad I didn't wait. Delicate flavors from a nicely crafted blend of Bordeaux varietals.

The Grade: I give this one an A. I wished I would have decanted for twice as long to coax out even more of the nuanced aromas and flavors, but what a great wine. Definitely worth the splurge!

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