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Quintessa 2016

Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, USA


In stock

    JS 98 RPWA 97+ JD 96 FM 96
    V 95-96 DEC 95 WS 93 WWOW 93
    DWWA 97 CT 94

Grape Variety
89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carménère

Wine Style:
Bold and Structured


Winemaker’s Notes
“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.”

Drinking Window: 2020 – 2048


  • 98 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.” (2/2019)

  • 97+ Robert Parker's - Wine Advocate

    “Very deep purple-black in color, it comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant notions of crème de cassis, warm blueberries and black cherries with hints of redcurrants, kirsch and candied violets.. 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.” (LPB) (12/2018)

  • 96 Jeb Dunnuck

    “This inky purple colored 2016 offers a perfumed, complex bouquet of sweet crème de cassis, Asian spices 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.” (11/2019)

  • 96 Falstaff Magazin

    Plush plum is highlighted with tar and graphite, a gorgeous lift, a distinct note of cocoa powder. The palate has a serene smoothness. The tannins are incredibly detailed and fine, ripe but of elastic firmness. Simply lovely balance. A.K.

  • 95-96 VertdeVin

    The nose is fruity, elegant and offers a beautiful finesse of the grain, intensity and precision. It reveals notes of ripe cassis, black blackberry and small notes of black plum associated with small touches of wild strawberry, ripe/crushed redcurrant as well as hints of racy minerality, Cuben pepper and cornflower. The mouth is fruity, fresh, well-balanced and offers a good definition, precision, gourmandize, tension, an acidulous frame as well as deepness. In the mouth this wine expresses notes of black cherry, cassis and small notes of blackberry associated with small touches of raspberry, cherry as well as hints of black plum, violet and fine hints of iris. Tannins are elegant and well-built. Good length and persistence.

  • 95 Decanter

    Black cherry, grilled sage and cedar aromatics, smooth tannins and sweet black cherry fruits on the palate. Relatively low acidities but feels well in balance and this is structured and confident with flesh and laid back confident appeal. 70% new oak. Carménère and Petit Verdot complete the blend.

  • 93 Wine Spectator

    A ripe, fleshy style, with dark currant, fig and blackberry fruit, steeped with sage, tobacco and warm licorice notes. A light alder hint stitches up the finish, showing latent, mineral-tinged grip. Solid. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenère. Best from 2020 through 2032.

  • 93 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com

    COMMENTARY: From the beginning, the Quintessa Red has carried the mantle as one of the Napa Valley’s most elegant red wine. The 2016 vintage is a stylish and beautiful example of what this winery produces. TASTING NOTES: This wine is elegant, vibrant, and long. Its red-fruit accented aromas and flavors is bright and lasting from start to finish. Pair it with game birds. (Tasted: July 18, 2019, San Francisco, CA)

  • 97 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • 94 CellarTracker

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