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Review 2016 Quintessa Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 750ml

2016 Quintessa Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 750ml

($140.00 Incl. tax)
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The iconic Quintessa showing its full glory in the fantastic 2016 vintage. Opulence meets traditional Rutherford in this full throttle showstopper.
About the Wine

Hidden in the heart of Rutherford, Quintessa is a 280-acre site that reflects a diversity of geology, biodiversity, exposures and micro-climates. Inspired by this distinct property, founders Agustin and Valeria Huneeus believed that it was destined to become one of the world’s great wine estates. By listening to the land through biodynamic farming practices, our Quintessa wine provides a deep connection to the time and place in which it was created.

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 beautiful vineyard expression. Harvest began before dawn on September 15th and continued through October 13th—just before the winter rains began to nourish and replenish the 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.


Rutherford, Napa Valley


September 15 – October 13, 2016


Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Carménère, Petit Verdot


22 days average skin contact


20 months


70% new French oak




July 30 – August 3, 2018


September 2019


(in descending order)
Dragon’s Terrace, Cruz del Sur, Mt. Calisse, Bench, Las Casas, Corona, Riviera, Monte Cruz, Limelight, Howard’s Million, Pedraza, Silver South, Alcantara, Tesoro, Canyon, Corral

The Wine Advocate Tasting Notes:

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.
Rating: 97+
98 James Suckling, 97+ Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate, 96 Jeb Dunnuck