Hidden in the heart of Rutherford, Quintessa is a 280-acre site that reflects a diversity of geology, biodiversity, exposures and micro-climates. Inspired by this distinct property, founders Agustin and Valeria Huneeus believed that it was destined to become one of the world’s great wine estates. By listening to the land through biodynamic farming practices, our Quintessa wine provides a deep connection to the time and place in which it was created.
A near-perfect season, the vines started moderately early in 2016 and enjoyed 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 the soil.
ABOUT THE WINE
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.
Rutherford, Napa Valley
September 15 – October 13, 2016
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Carménère, Petit Verdot
22 days average skin contact
TIME IN BARREL
O A K
70% new French oak
July 30 – August 3, 2018
(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
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