The Quintessa Estate Red Wine
A Pure Expression of the Estate
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. 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.
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. 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.
“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,” – Rebekah Wineburg, Winemaker.
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THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED 2018 VINTAGE WILL BE RELEASED GLOBALLY ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2021.
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.
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