2017 Quintessa Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 750ml
Already bottled, the 2017 Quintessa displays a deep garnet-purple color. The nose needs a little coaxing before it reveals bold, expressive notes of crushed red and black plums, black currant jelly, wild blueberries and kirsch with nuances of camphor, cloves, cedar and lilacs plus a hint of oolong tea. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has beautifully expressed, elegant red and black fruit layers, with a sturdy, grainy frame and plenty of freshness, finishing long and earthy. 95 Points RP
Vintage Notes: 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.
Wine: The 2017 Quintessa is eloquent in its message. The wine is powerfully structured, with an elegance to its tannins, and notable layers of complexity that reveal themselves as the wine opens in the glass and as it ages
in the bottle. The aroma begins with lovely black cherry and cassis coated with dark chocolate. Notes of thyme and sage interplay with hints of cinnamon, cedar, and incense. The wine develops on the palate with lively acidity that offers balance to graceful layers of red and black fruit. Savory nuances of tar and tobacco follow, through a long, lingering finish marked by fine tannin. Combining structure and drive with elegance and finesse, the 2017 Quintessa is a memorable vintage.
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
92% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Merlot
1% Petit Verdot
Harvest: September 11–October 7, 2017