Introducing the 2017 Quintessa

A Rare and Eloquent Vintage

as a living expression of the estate,
We are pleased to offer the 2017 Quintessa exclusively through the Estate until its official global release date on September 1, 2020. Each vintage of Quintessa is an opportunity to listen to the unique voice of this property that is shaped by the soils, vines, climate, and human element.

“Every year has a distinct personality, and with each vintage we are working to make a deeper connection between the soils, their terroir, and our practices so that we can interpret the property holistically,” notes Estate Director Rodrigo Soto. “In order to bring about the purest expression of this special place, we farm using organic and biodynamic farming techniques, and each year, we learn more about the land’s personality and how it reacts to the different conditions of each season. After thirty years, we have come to realize that the more we know about this estate the humbler we feel as we understand and accept the power of nature,” he continues.

In 2017, a warm growing season encouraged both ripeness and striking complexity, resulting in a rare and eloquent vintage that compares to the 2013 in its structure and the 2015 in its power. “As warmer vintages allow the vines to express themselves more fully, 2017 gave us remarkable energy and structure balanced by Quintessa’s trademark elegance and finesse, a clear expression of what has made our estate so unique within the Napa Valley over the last thirty years,” remarks winemaker Rebekah Wineburg. In addition to the climatic variables of each vintage, Quintessa has the added uniqueness of five different varieties in the blend, with no two years ever the same. The 2017 Quintessa features an increase of Cabernet Sauvignon, as this well-adapted variety shines in warmer vintages. “Opening the 2017 vintage, I’m excited by the power of its structure balanced by the elegance of its tannins. This warmer vintage gave us a wine that is wonderful to enjoy now, and it will only continue to evolve as it ages,” notes Rebekah.  

With its lovely layers of generous fruit, complex herb and spice notes, elegant tannins, and finesse, the 2017 Quintessa speaks powerfully and expressively—the very definition of “eloquence.”


"Beautifully expressed, elegant red and black fruit layers, with a sturdy, grainy

frame and plenty of freshness, finishing long and earthy."

95 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

2017 Quintessa

2017 began with record rainfall through winter which led to a mild spring and deep soil moisture. The growing season began on schedule, with bud break and bloom occurring within the average time frame and resulting in beautiful uniformity across the vineyard. As the year developed, 2017 progressed into a warm growing season, similar to 2013 and 2015. The pace continued at an average rate, with verasion occurring at the end of July.

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.



95 POINTS, robert parker's wine advocate

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"Phenomenal aromas of crushed berries, forest fruit, mushrooms and iron. This shows depth and structure with balance and harmony."
- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate


“The palate is bursting with densely packed, youthful black fruits, framed by finely grained tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing long.”
- Robert Parker, 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


"The 2011 Quintessa reveals a touch of roasted herbs, medium body, soft tannins and an endearing, charming character."
— Robert Parker, Wine Advocate


“Medium-bodied ... silky ... blackcurrant jam, sweet spices, cedar, and caramel.”— Decanter


“This wine is in the ideal window of drinkability.”— Larry Stone, Master Sommelier

Past Vintages

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