Winemaker Rebekah Wineburg polished her résumé in the wine
industry while working at famed Italian property Tenuta dell’Ornellaia.
Returning to the U.S., she served as enologist for the Staglin Family
Vineyard in Napa Valley and then moved to Rudd Winery in Napa, serving
as assistant winemaker and working with famed enological consultant
Michel Rolland. In 2015 she was promoted to head winemaker at
This beautiful Napa estate, located in the northeast corner of the
Rutherford AVA, was developed by the globe trotting vintner, Augustin
Huneeus (Faust, Flowers, Leviathan, and Veramonte in Chile) in 1990 from
280 acres of rolling bottomland, which was about the last parcel of suitable
land available for vineyards on the Napa Valley floor. Quintessa now has
160 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit
Verdot and Carménère on 26 vineyard blocks. The vineyards are farmed
organically, and in some cases biodynamically, and 100% new French oak
barriques are selected each year for up to two years of maturation.
This gorgeous 2015 was the debut vintage for winemaker Wineburg,
created from a blend of all the Bordeaux varietals, aged for 21 months in
wood, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. The season began auspiciously
with ample amounts of rain to refresh the vines after three years of drought.
An early budbreak resulted in flawless flowering and a healthy crop. Warm
temperatures throughout the season resulted in the earliest harvest to date
at Quintessa, beginning on September 2nd, and ending on the 30th. Yields
were low and the wine is characteristically dense.
94-96 The Wine Advocate
“The 2015 Proprietary Red Wine has a very deep purple color and notes
of crushed rocks, dusty earth and iron ore over blackcurrants and black
cherries, plus hints of tapenade, bay leaves, underbrush and char grill.
Medium to full-bodied, the palate is bursting with densely packed, youthful
black fruits, framed by finely grained tannins and refreshing acidity,
finishing long and mineral-laced. This was tasted as a barrel sample.”