Quintessa is a red meritage wine bearing the same name as the vineyard from which it is made. Quintessa is a blend that can include some or all of the five varietals grown on the estate: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenere, the wine is masterfully crafted under the skillful design of winemaker Charles Thomas. The vineyard’s diversity provides wide stylistic options for the wine, of which Thomas takes full advantage of.
Quintessa is part of the Huneeus Vintners ensemble; Master Sommelier, Larry Stone the Estates Director for Huneeus Vintners hosted the Quintessa wine dinner at the August Cellar 1954 Wine & Dinner Series by FONTAINEBLEAU at Gotham Steak last week. To fully understand the complexity of Quintessa, Stone took the guests on a block tasting of the Quintessa wines; From the Cornoa Norte block, we tasted Cabernet Sauvignon 2011; from the Dragon’s Terraces block came another Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, in the Riviera Norte section we sampled the Cabernet Franc 2011 and lastly from the Tesoro block, a Petit Verdot 2011.
The first course was Chilled Maine Lobster with beet purée, mango, avocado, shaved baby fennel, citrus vinaigrette paired with Illumination Sauvignon Blanc 2011
The second course was a Muscovy Duck Breast with celery root purée, braised celery, pickled cherries, and a cabernet reduction paired with Quintessa Napa Valley Red Wine, 2006
The third course was the Gotham Steak Flight, comprised of Japanese A5 wagyu — Australian wagyu — Locker 28 dry aged Prime served with potato purée, baby carrots, and a cream spinach custard. The complimenting Quintessa vertical wine flight was Quintessa Napa Valley Red Wine, 2005, Quintessa Napa Valley Red Wine, 2007 and Quintessa Napa Valley Red Wine, 2009
The cheese course was a Gotham Steak house specialty Composed Plate
And finishing off the night with a sweet bite were Gotham Steak housemade Macarons.
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