A Wine of Harmony
The great wines of the world consistently express the distinct qualities of the estates from
which they come. In Napa, Quintessa is such a wine. To preserve the natural
mosaic of the vineyard, each small plot is farmed, harvested and vinified
individually so that the nuances of the land shine through. Afterward, the best
components are brought together to create a wine of elegance and harmony.
Depending on the vintage, Quintessa may include some or all of the five varietals grown on the property: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carménère. The fruit is harvested early in the morning, then sorted and gravity-fed into oak, stainless steel or concrete tanks and vinified. Once fermentation and maceration are complete, the wine from each plot is aged separately for up to two years in French oak. After the final Quintessa blend is created, the wine is bottled and laid down for yet another year before release. Discover our Current Release >
THe 2015 SEASON began beautifully, with ample rains a welcome sight after three years of drought. Warm late winter temperatures prompted an early budbreak and ultimately one of the earliest harvests on record for Quintessa. Overall, yields were low with outstanding quality as we began harvest in the early morning of September 2nd. Harvest continued at a fast pace, completing on September 30th. A whirlwind of activity that produced a classic Quintessa vintage of opulence, texture, and length. Truly a collector’s vintage for its low yields and exceptional quality, the 2015 Quintessa will age gracefully for many years. ACCESS TASTING NOTES>>
"the palate is bursting with densely packed, youthful black fruits, framed by finely grained tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing long and mineral laced."
94-96 points, -robert parker's wine advocate
“This wine has great balance, purity, and presence on the palate.”— Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
“Outstanding...One of the strongest efforts to date from this winery.”— Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
“Rarely do you find a wine that is seamless from start to finish.”— Charles Thomas, Winemaker Emeritus
“A vibrant and elegant wine with all the hallmarks Quintessa is known for.”
— Charles Thomas, Winemaker Emeritus
“Medium-bodied ... silky ... blackcurrant jam, sweet spices, cedar, and caramel.”— Decanter
“This wine is in the ideal window of drinkability.”— Larry Stone, Master Sommelier
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