Ever feel like you just don’t fit.
You don’t fit because you are not “wrong”, you are just not like everyone else. This is not ego-centric, this is not an excuse for your misfortune, this is not coming from a bitter and sour core. I am talking to the people that cannot shut off their minds at night, but are told it’s stress, or that you are “over doing” it. You are the one 30 minutes early “just in case” you missed something on your check list for the meeting. You have a plan B, C and D. You have outlined your goals on a beverage napkin. Your closet is color coded. Your friends think you are “unique”, your family thinks you are crazy and are concerned, and your new boyfriend is a little fed up with your “Type A” ways.
Guilty and now proud. I never use to think my over organized life would lead to something positive. I’m still unsure, but have safety knowing that this personality tick has helped my cause along the way. How can all these particulars in my mind build to a crescendo…and I am witnessing it coming in waves.
I was reassured, and felt a sense of release, the other night when I tasted Quintessa again. I can’t tell you how many vintages I’ve been through with this wine. I want to say this was the first “iconic” Napa Valley wine I tasted, and was moved by. Yes, so many years ago, because of this wine, I first felt a shift in the way I perceived flavors, I understood how geography can alter a wine’s perception, and I began to appreciate sensory details that I never felt before. It is a compilation of so many things, and all at once. This is what has given me a kinship to this wine; I can see the vision, I can understand the quirky tones and edges, all while concentrating on the Cabernet Sauvignon grape – just to make it as great as it can be.
Ugh, this makes me so happy. Let’s break it down:
Grape(s): The focus here is Cabernet Sauvignon. If you need a little more about this grape, check out my quickie notes here; Wine Girl Gone Wild Quickie – Cabernet Sauvignon. There are four other grapes in this blend that will support the beauty of Cab; Merlot, Cab Franc, Petite Verdot and a grape called Carmenere. I like the addition of Carmenere; there is a new depth that I don’t remember before that I attribute to this grape. Quintessa always grabbed my attention, but now I’m pulled in.
Where specifically in Napa, California; Rutherford, oh Rutherford. Rich and elegant all at the same time, while also conveying dusty tannins and integrated oak details. A fav place to visit, and a fav place to drink.
What did it taste like; Before telling you that, let’s talk about the aromas. I know the wine will be splendid when I can’t stop smelling it. It is so nice to taste with ALL of your senses burning and sending messages to the brain. There are the obvious flavors of dark and broad red fruit, but also an underlining spicy note I couldn’t put my finger on. Everything ends with a warmth from the oak components – that just comforts the hell out of me.
Why am I so jazzed; It’s nice to see a winery known and respected STILL produce something so freaking good. We had the 2014 vintage; major drought going on in the beginning of the growing cycle, but a pretty nice summer and fall – great timing for ripening of the grapes. I have had some expensive dogs from this vintage. You never know, right? Mother nature is in charge, and don’t side eye her. Cabernet Sauvignon was the winner in 2014 – smaller amount produced, but what a prize. Dark and Intense; exactly what we need from this grape.
This wine is a little like me, and I think that is why I connect with it. I’m glad to drink wine that shows us the normal is not normal. Quintessa will always be a power house, but has a sensibility about it. It shows me you can be that idiosyncratic persona while still maintaining grace. You can go beyond where you think you should stop and make qualitative impressions upon the world. So I salute all you misfit-want-to-be yet extraordinary wines out there, and will join in your march towards greatness. We only have each other, right?
Check out the other wines and food consumed at dinner with Quintessa. Thanks Stamna in Little Falls for another amazing meal…