"Beautifully expressed, elegant read and black fruit layers, with a sturdy, grainy frame and plenty of freshness, finishing long and earthy."

95 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Quintessa

2017 Rutherford
$440.00 / 1.5L in pine box

61 in stock

The 2017 Quintessa is eloquent in its message. The wine is powerfully structured, with an elegance to its tannins, and new layers of complexity that reveal themselves as the wine opens in the glass and as it ages in bottle. The aroma begins with notes of black cherry and cassis, covered by dark chocolate. Notes of thyme and sage interplay with hints cinnamon, cedar and incense. The wine enters with lively acidity that balances gracefully alongside layers of red and black fruit to create a wine of elegance and finesse. Following with savory characters of tar and tobacco, this wine has structure and drive, and a long lingering finish of fine tannin.

Vintage

The 2017 growing season began with record rainfall through the winter, producing deep soil moisture. With a mild spring following, the growing season began on schedule - bud break and bloom occurring within their typical time frame and resulting in beautiful uniformity across the vineyard. As the year progressed, 2017 became a warm growing season, similar to 2013 and 2015. Still, ripening continued on an average pace with veraison occurring at the end of July. A warm Labor Day weekend kicked the harvest into high gear: Picking on the Quintessa estate began on September 11 and was completed on October 7.

Winemaking

Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley
Alcohol: 14.5%
Bottling Date: July 15-19, 2019
Maceration: 22 days average skin contact
Time in Barrel: 22 months
Oak: 100% French, 76% new
Vineyard Blocks (in descending order): Dragons
Terrace, Corona, Cruz del Sur, Monte Cruz,
Silver South, Howards Million, Pedraza, Bench,
Alcantara, Canyon, Corral, Tesoro, Las Flores

Winegrowing

Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley
Harvest Dates: September 11 – October 7, 2017

Technical

  • Aging22 months in 100% French Oak, 76% new
  • ABV14.5%

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