An Evening with: Quintessential Wines

An Evening with: Quintessential Wines

For our October meeting of the San Diego Wine Guild in 2018, we had Quintessential Wines presented by Brandon Lee. This family owned and operated wine importer headquartered in Napa is focused on representing small family owned wineries that share its passion for winemaking. They select producers from most of the world’s top wine regions that represent the most authentic expression of terroir.
We started the tasting portion of the evening with 3 white wines. The first was the Simonsig - Chenin Blanc 2017 (link). This full bodied white wine is a perfect fall wine, evoking memories of Harvest. The second pour of our program was a Frankland Estate - Riesling 2017 (link). It paired very well with the sausages and salami on the buffet. The third pour of the evening was a Matetic - EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (link). 
The fourth wine tonight was a Henry's Drive - Shiraz - Cabernet 2012 (link). This wine full of deep earthy flavors and rich velvety tannins.
The next wine up to taste was a Pascual Toso - Malbec - Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (link). It was very tasty with a slice of supreme pizza. The second to last round of wines to taste were a Casa Bianchi - Enzo Bianchi 2015 (link) & Kay Brothers - Block 6 Shiraz 2013 (link). These full bodies red wines were amazing and I could have spent all night directing the ever evolving finish. It was one of those times when the last sip was the best, and I wondered if it had been decanted enough to show the full character of the bottle. We ended the evening with a Pascual Toso - Reserva Malbec 2015 (link). This wine was a perfect example of a sense of place in a bottle. I am sure if I went out into the vineyard and took a hand-full of soil, it would remind me of the wine we enjoyed with its dark earthy flavors.

 
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