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2010 Quintessa 92 points
Wine critic Stephen Tanzer of the International Wine Cellar has published his annual California issue, awarding the Quintessa 2010 vintage 92 points. Click here to view the accolade.
Quintessa 2009 Highly Recommended
Decanter magazine recommends Quintessa 2009 in the February 2013 issue featuring Napa and Sonoma Cabernet. Click here for the review.
Quintessa 2009 91 Points
California Grapevine highly recommends Quintessa 2009 in its November 2012 issue. Click here for the review.
Quintessa 2007 Lauded by the Press
The 2007 vintage Napa Valley Cabernet wines have been highly lauded in the press and the Quintessa 2007 is no exception. Read the attached reviews from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate and The Wine Enthusiast magazines.
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Quintessa partners with Apple
Apple featured Quintessa in a business profile highlighting the winery’s decision to transition to iphone. Take a look at the beautiful piece that highlights the winery, including Winemaker Charles Thomas at harvest.
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Quintessa's Illumination Sauvignon Blanc awarded 95 points in Wine Enthusiast magazine. Click here for more information.
Quintessa is named as one of the “Year’s Best Cabernets” in the December 2009 issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine with a 91 point rating. Keep your eyes out of for the issue that hits newsstands in November.Click here for more information
Quintessa featured in Food & Wine Magazine
Food & Wine Magazine visited Quintessa for an article on touring Napa Valley. Quintessa was the only winery featured in a story about non-wine activities and locals favorite haunts in the valley. Click here to see the article.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine featured Quintessa in an article about the Rutherford appellation awarding the 2006 vintage 92 points.
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Wineexpedition.com Quintessa Webisode
Take a look at Neil’s webisode interview with Quintessa winemaker Charles Thomas here. http://www.wineexpedition.com/wine-video/webisode-quintessa-winery-part-1/
C Magazine Features Quintessa
California Magazine’s August issue features a beautiful story about the family owners of Quintessa and the property. Click here to see the article
Wine & Spirits calls Quintessa 2004
a "Top Cabernet"
The December 2007 issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine includes a nice review and 94 point rating of Quintessa as one of the year's top recommended wines in their annual Cab issue. See the review here: QWS120794pts.pdf
Wine Enthusiast Lauds Quintessa 2004
The December 15 issue of the Wine Enthusiast includes a nice review of Quintessa, with a 95 point rating. See the entire review here: WineEnthQ04.pdf
Quintessa in Saveur Magazine
Proprietor Agustin Huneeus and Quintessa appear in the April 2008 issue of Saveur Magazine in a story on the 20th Anniversary of Meritage wines.
See the entire review here: Article pdf
Quintessa in Connoisseurs Guide
Quintessa 2004 was awarded 96 points and 3 (out of 3) stars in the April 2008 of Connoisseurs Guide. See the entire review here: Article pdf
Agustin Huneeus is featured in the April issue of Sante magazine, a noted publication for the restaurant trade.
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Spotlight: A veteran wine maker who bears watching
Agustin Huneeus, proprietor of Quintessa, is profiled in a business story in the International Herald Tribune on October 19, 2007.
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Body & Soul features Biodynamic Farming at Quintessa
The October issue of Martha Stewart's Body & Soul Magzine has a beautiful feature on organic and biodynamic winegrowing featuring a story on biodynamic farming at Quintessa (p. 133) along with beautiful photo collages of the winery and vineyards. View the aticle to learn more about this holistic farming approach along with a great guide to what the terms organica, sustainable and biodynamic really mean.
Download the article here. body&soulsm.pdf
Food & Wine Magazine says Visit Quintessa
Napa Valley Writer Paul Franson, who publishes a teriffically informative guide to life in Napa Valley at www.napalife.com, penned a story for Food & Wine Magazine that included Quintessa as a favorite Napa Valley winery visit. He gives a great insiders perspective, noting secrets like the fact that the best visit is during harvest when all of the crush activity is part of every tour.
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Winery Wonders of the World
Quintessa's stunning architecture and crescent-shaped winery is featured on MSN's story of Winery Wonders of the World.
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Biodynamic and Organic Wine Growing
Writer Zev Rovine clarifies organic and biodynamic grape growing practices, and mentions Quintessa's biodynamic farming practices.
Read the the article here.
Quintessa Video Voyage
Our friends at Fleming's Prime Steahouse & Wine Bar have included Quintessa in an exciting new website that features loads of information and video straight from the vineyards of California wine country's most interesting destinations. Take a personal video tour around the Quintessa property with vintner Agustin Huneeus at www.vinevoyage.com.
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Wine Helps Budget Optimism Flow:
"...When Californians look back on what eased this year's budget negotiations, the unsung hero might be a pair of distinguished Napa Valley reds. Although no deal was struck Wednesday, the 3-week-old state budget impasse appeared to have softened during a 24-hour period in which Assembly Speaker Fabian N??ez shared two bottles of fine wine -- a 2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia declared by Wine Spectator as Wine of the Year and a 2003 red wine from Quintessa Estate..." (We can't promise this will work at home for our collectors but we were tickled to learn we might have helped a little here for fellow Californians!....The Quintessa winery team)
Judy Lin - Bee Capitol Bureau Sacbee.com
July 19, 2007
Quintessa served by Nunez -.pdf
Napaman.com reviews 2004 Quintessa
"How does the Huneeus family do it year after year, make wines of such elegance, such velveteen texture? This stuff goes down like velour. The wine exhibits dark, ripe red and black fruits on the nose, suggesting perfect equilibrium on the palate, and the wine delivers on the palate, in spades. This is a classic Rutherford Cab, gorgeous fruit; a stunning attack, a beautifully long bridge in the middle palate and a lustrous finish of notable length. I rated this wine 94 points but might have said 95 in hindsight."
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Quintessa: The Quintessential Biodynamic Winery
"... As the understanding and appreciation of biodynamics continues to grow, we are seeing more and more vintners converting to what has become an innovative practice. One particular biodynamically operated winery is Quintessa. The unique vision of Augustin and Valeria Huneeus becomes apparent when you visit the estate...it speaks volumes about the incredible respect they have toward the land, and offers promise for the future of winemaking, as so many others in the industry are making a concerted effort to follow suit."
Julie Reid - IntoWine
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Reds, Whites & Green
"Wineries such as Quintessa and Grgich Hills...going beyond organics to produce biodynamic wines. "Bio" means life and "dynamic" means energy. In relation to wine, this means treating the soil to bring the vine and the earth into balance. The wines are defiantly more distinct, with a stronger sense of terroir ..."
Robin Barron - Grape Guru, ColumbusAlive.com
April 12, 2007
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2003 Quintessa highly recommended by Vintrust
"Agustin Huneeus has established one of the most gorgeous and welcoming biodynamic sites in Napa Valley....2003 Quintessa Proprietary Red Blend...92 points"
Vintrust Q03 Recommendation.pdf
SOMMSelections Wine Journal, Spring 2007
New-age Biodynamic Wine Production Grows
"Worldwide, there are more than 300 biodynamic wineries, in the U.S., there are roughly 50...Familiar names like Benziger, Frog's Leap, Grgich Hills, Joseph Phelps and Quintessa have committed all or part of their vineyard land to biodynamic practices. Some winemakers are seeing better-quality fruit, healthier vines and better results through biodynamics."
The Capital Times, Madison, WI, April 2, 2007
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Winemakers Jump on Biodynamics' Bandwagon, With Great Results
"2003 Quintessa Red (California, $100): A powerful yet graceful and complex cabernet blend."
Bloomberg, March 5 , 2007
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The 2003 Quintessa is on the list of Decanter Magazine's "Highly Recommended" wines in the January 2007 California Cabernet issue. Decanter has this to say about Quintessa... "Haunting bouquet, fine nose with cedar. Elegant, full, attractive fruit...ripe tannins, good acidity...Long, structured. 2-5 years - Four Stars.
Decanter, January 2007
A Spritz of Sunscreen...
"Aloe vera protects cabernet, too..." says Quintessa Winemaker. Aaron Pott has no intention of allowing seasonal heat spikes to take a toll on the prized estate vineyard he oversees. "We're always looking for practical solutions to the farming problems we face," explains Pott. "For us biodynamic farming is fundamental".
The Modesto Bee Aloe Article.pdf
Modesto Bee, September 11, 2006
2003 Quintessa ($120)
"...a seductive nose on Aaron Pott's blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot combines cassis and mineral notes. In the mouth, the wine is generous with soft, silky tannins and layers of ripe black fruit."
Napa Valley Register 8-18-06.pdf
Napa Valley Register, August 18, 2006
In their latest publication, the discerning travel guide, Nota Bene, focused exclusively on the Napa Valley with a comprehensive review of hotels, restaurants and wineries. Quintessa was named one of the top wineries to visit.
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Sacbe.com, June 16, 2006
2002 Quintessa ($125)
"Biodynamic viticulture and meticulous attention
in the cellar from winemaker Aaron Pott have
helped make Quintessa...one of California's
top reds. The polished '02, saturated with smoky black plum and black currant flavors, may be the most impressive Quintessa produced to date."
Food & Wine, April 2006
"Red, White, AND GREEN....Organic and
biodynamic wines are growing in popularity"
805 Living, January 2006
"Collecting Dust" - Quintessa featured
with top 2002 Rutherford Cabernets
Wine & Spirits, December 2005
Cellar Selection 94 points
Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2005
2001 Quintessa...91 points
Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar,
Quintessa one of "Napa Valley's Grand Estates"
May 27, 2004
Quintessa recieves BusinessWeek
Architectural Record Award
BusinessWeek, November 2004
Insider's Guide to Napa Valley
Quintessa Winery, June 2003 Issue
Praise for the 2000 Vintage
Assorted articles featuring the 2000 Quintessa
The Quintessential Agustin Huneeus
Wine Spectator, May 31, 2003