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Church & State Wines Quintessential 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaQuintessential is the flagship Church and State red that historically contained all five Bordeaux varieties in the blend. There has been an adjustment to the 2017 Quintessential under new winemaker Arnaud Thierry who arrived in 2018 from Champagne. Along with a label change, Thierry is changing the blend, dropping the all-in recipe for one that showcases the best grapes showing a true sense of terroir depending on vintage conditions. Only 200 cases were made in 2017, and even less, 112, in 2018. Both are likely to become Wine Club only wines upon release. The 2017 mix is 50/50 merlot/cabernet franc, and the structure and texture of 2017 is an outstanding offering that all important balance from the beginning of its life. The nose is fragrant and savoury, reflecting its origins in the south Okanagan. The intensity and length are outstanding, vacillating between black and red fruits with a perfect amount of oak. It will be fun to watch Quintessential start to regain some of the previous status that placed it among BC’s best red wines. It is all the better for the extra bottle age at the winery, and the new label befits its long time standing of excellence.Tasted: 06 August 2021Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 74.99 winery online/direct Producer: Church & State WineryDistributors: BCWineshop
Blend: Merlot - Cabernet FrancCSPC: 757500UPC: 8400981244066