“The palate is bursting with densely packed, youthful black fruits, framed by finely grained tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing long.”

97 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Quintessa

2016 Rutherford
$190.00 / 750mL

3042 in stock

The 2016 Quintessa is a generous wine, with complex and elegant layers than envelop you from the first sip. Welcoming with aromas of cassis, blackberry, red currant and undertones of sage, thyme, crushed rocks and rose petals, the 2016 Quintessa continues to expand in the glass as notes of exotic citrus, clove and fresh tobacco mingle with bright fruit. Full and rich, the wine is held together with fine-grained tannins that interweave beautifully with flavors of dark chocolate, crushed rocks, black cherry and blueberries. The wine is distinct for its energy and depth of flavor, and will leave a lasting impression with its velvety texture and intoxicating perfume.

Vintage

2016 was a near-perfect growing season, with bud break starting moderately early and ideal weather conditions in the spring continuing throughout the summer and fall. Cooler temperatures in August provided an extended hang time, allowing the fruit to reach peak ripeness and beautiful vineyard expression. Harvest began before dawn on September 15th and continued through October 13th—just before the winter rains began to nourish and replenish our soil.

Winemaking

Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc,
Carménère, Petit Verdot
Maceration: 22 days average skin contact
Time in Barrel: 20 months
Oak: 100% French, 75% new
Alcohol: 14.5%
Bottling Date: July 30 - August 3, 2018
Release Date: September 2019
Vineyard Blocks: (in descending order)
Dragon’s Terrace, Cruz del Sur, Mt. Calisse, Bench, Las Casas,
Corona, Riviera, Monte Cruz, Limelight, Howard’s Million,
Pedraza, Silver South, Alcantara, Tesoro, Canyon, Corral

Winegrowing

Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley
Harvest Dates: September 15 – October 13, 2016

Technical

  • Aging20 months in 100% French oak
  • ABV14.5%

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