A Profound Vintage
WINES LIKE QUINTESSA ARE NOT CREATED overnight and each vintage of Quintessa tells a story about the evolution of this property, and about Napa Valley itself. Thanks to a near-perfect growing season, the 2016 vintage has a sense of generosity that is reflected in the wine, with continual layers that are revealed not only as the wine opens in your glass, but also as it ages. We encourage you to enjoy the 2016 upon release, as well as set some bottles aside to experience as your relationship with Quintessa deepens over the next several decades.
At Quintessa, carrying the long-term vision of the Huneeus family into a singular wine is a privilege. Together winemaker Rebekah Wineburg and General Manager Rodrigo Soto, along with winemaking consultant Michel Rolland, work closely to create a wine that lets the vineyard speak. As a result, the soul of Quintessa shines through vintage to vintage. The 2016 in particular is a wonderful representation of the spirit of Quintessa, as cooler temperatures in August allowed the fruit to reach peak ripeness and vineyard expression. Harvest began before dawn on September 15th and continued through October 13th—before the winter rains began to nourish and replenish our soil.
The resulting wine is complex and elegant, with layers that envelop from the very first sip.
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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 vineyard expression. Harvest began before dawn on September 15th and continued through October 13th—just before the winter rains began to nourish and replenish our soil.
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.
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“Full, rich and beautifully laced with layers of floral notes and fragrant earth, the profound black and blue fruits build slowly in the mouth, achieving great energy and depth with a beautiful velvety frame...”
97 POINTS, -robert parker's 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
“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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