POLKA DOT: Pellizotti
COMMENTS: The last few minutes were quite exciting and made us feel like the top three deserved their positions on the podium
WINE: Chateau Pesquie Quintessence
NOTES: Colour: Deep red wine, limpid, brilliant. Nose: spices, eucalyptus, leather. Mouth: soft, elegant, spicy notes, garrigue, eucalyptus. Full bodied wine with long finish. Wine Advocate: Quintessence, comes from 80% old vine Syrah and 20% Grenache aged in new French oak for 12 months before being bottled with no fining or filtration. This is an opaque purple-hued, classic, cool climate Syrah from southern France. The higher elevation gives the wine great acidity as well as an extraordinary bouquet of acacia flowers, creme de cassis, blackberries, tar, licorice, and spice. Deep, full-bodied, and layered, this gorgeous offering should drink beautifully for 5-7 years. Score: 93. —Robert Parker, August 2008.
COMMENTS: We liked it too.