Introducing the Inaugural Decade Release
It was a decade ago in the middle of the summer, right after bottling season. We were convinced that Quintessa had all the quality elements as a estate to be a true classic of the Napa Valley. We were only missing one attribute, which was our understanding of its capacity to age and improve with time. Without making the commitment it was impossible to know, so we decided to set aside a limited number of bottles of the 2010 vintage to evolve in the caves where it originated.
Wine has the capacity to reflect a place like no other, as grapes have the singularity of being fully connected to where the vines grow, including the soil, geology and the unique climatic conditions of that particular vintage. The resulting wine is a time capsule, and over the decade that this wine has transformed in the bottle, it clearly demonstrates that the evolution is not only real but also special and unique.
The 2010 vintage is evidence of this incredible transformation, with black bright cherry and floral layers to dried herbs, anise & violets. From a supple silky texture to integrated layers of spice followed by a long mineral finish. Having the time to age wine in the bottle brings balance and multiple dimensions to the glass, making the pleasure of drinking wine a completely different experience.
Today, I am honored to introduce our library release of the 2010 Quintessa. It was Agustin’s vision to showcase the true potential of our Estate after ageing the wine in perfect conditions. This is the Quintessa Decade Release.
RODRIGO SOTO, Estate Director
A True Classic
The destiny of a property such as Quintessa is not realized in years, but in centuries.
As we continue on this journey, we are honored to announce the inaugural Quintessa Decade Release, a wine that is not simply the expression of one year’s growing season, but of the eons on this property that preceded it, and the decade since.
Ten years ago, a limited store of the 2010 vintage was bottled and set aside to evolve in the very caves where it was made. This wine has never left the Quintessa Estate – until now – and is a time capsule, capturing the unique beauty of the land, the passion of the people who made it, and the anticipation of those who will enjoy it.
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$520/ MAGNUM in wALNUT box
The 2010 growing season in Napa Valley began with cooler than average temperatures and plentiful rainfall, which pushed bud break, flowering and fruit set back nearly two weeks. Mild, cool temperatures continued into summer which made meticulous canopy management essential to encourage consistent flavor development. Two late summer heat spikes helped the small, concentrated berries develop toward a later than average harvest.
“2010 has been a favorite (it was a tight year) of mine because of it’s freshness and acidity that is going to make it a great aging wine.” –Winemaker, Rebekah Wineburg.
Now twenty years old, our biodynamic and organically farmed vines had the knowledge to work with mother nature and thrive through the seasons. Beginning on October 5th, the fruit from the Quintessa property was harvested with patience and precision to create a wine of elegance and balance, worthy of our first Decade Release.
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