Quintessa Proprietary Red Blend 2016 (Rutherford, Napa Valley, California) - [JS 98] [RP 97+]

Quintessa Proprietary Red Blend 2016
(Rutherford, Napa Valley, California) - [JS 98] [RP 97+]

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Notes from the Winemaker:
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.

Vintage Notes:
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.

Technical Data:
Appellation: Rutherford
Harvest Dates: September 15-October 13, 2016
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Carmenere
Maceration: 22 days average
Time in Oak: 20 months
Oak: 70% new French oak
Alcohol: 14.5%
Vineyard Blocks (in descending order): Dragon's Terrace, Cruz del Sur, Mt. Calisse, Bench, Las Casas, Corona, Riveria, Monte Cruz, Limelight, Howard's Milion, Pedraza, Silver South, Alcantara, Tesoro, Canyon, Corral

Ratings & Reviews

98 Points - James Suckling:
"Phenomenal aromas of crushed berries, forest fruit, mushrooms and iron. Medium to full body, with layers of soft and refined tannins that follow through to a beautiful finish. Extremely long and refined. This shows depth and structure with balance and harmony. Hard not to open the bottle now and drink it, but it appears to be closing down now. Needs four to five years to show it all." - (12 Feb, 2019)

97+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"The 2016 Proprietary Red Wine is blended of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carménère, with all fruit coming from the Quintessa estate, and it aged for 20 months in 73% new French oak. Very deep purple-black in color, it comes bounding out of the glass like a pedigree pup with exuberant notions of crème de cassis, warm blueberries and black cherries with hints of redcurrants, kirsch, candied violets, crushed rocks, cigar box and fallen leaves plus a waft of truffles. 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, finishing long and perfumed." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (13th Dec 2018)