2016 Quintessa Proprietary Red (750ml)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, California

B-21 Top Recommendation
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The history behind California's greatest properties is truly fascinating. I've talked a lot about Agustin Huneeus and his wife Valeria, founding owners of Quintessa. But only recently did I discover the original owner of this brilliant piece of land in California's Rutherford AVA. Long before Valeria began her work with Biodynamics on the property she and Agustin would christen Quintessa, this 280 acre site had already been earmarked for a winery.

Valeria was an international viticulturist, earning her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Columbia. Valeria preached organics, sustainable farming and practiced Biodynamics. Between Agustin's vast experience and Valeria's Biodynamics, the Huneeus couple met the high standards required for purchasing the 280 acres they would convert to Quintessa.

Planting 170 acres, the couple enlisted the advice and services of Jean Claude Berrouet (Petrus) in identifying 26 individual vineyard blocks. Phylloxera-resistant clones were planted – American as well as European – with a total of 14 clones planted to seven rootstocks. Every aspect of planting took place with an eye towards diversity. The entire 170 acres was established from day one to function as a self-sustaining, closed biosphere. Biodynamics is serious business, as is the couple's estate motto: "fine wine is a reflection of place."


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.

98 points, James Suckling (May 2019)

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.

97+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Dec 2018)

The 2016 Proprietary Red is a beauty based on 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Carménère, all of which spent 20 months in just over 70% new French oak. This inky purple colored 2016 offers a perfumed, complex bouquet of sweet crème de cassis, Asian spices, lead pencil, and cedarwood. Full-bodied and plenty powerful, it shines even more for its flawless balance, polished tannins, and great finish. This is a quintessential, rich, elegant Napa Bordeaux blend to enjoy over the coming two decades or more.

96 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Nov 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
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