Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Carmenere blend. Opens with sweet and inviting aromas of bright black fruit with red fruit undertones. It announces itself dramatically with a full lush entry, developing into a broad, rich, and enrobing wine that coats the mouth with rich black fruit laced with a touch of mocha, licorice, sandalwood, and vanilla spice.
Agustin and Valeria Huneeus developed Quintessa in 1990 to establish the property as one of the great red wine estates of the world. Quintessa is a unique estate of rate beauty and astonishing diversity: five soil types and microclimates, terraced vineyards contoured to rolling hills, and a serene lake. Valeria guided the 280-acre Rutherford vineyard with strict care for the soil and environment with a commitment to biodynamic and organic farming. The winery's eco-sensitive design integrates nature and winemaking, with a gravity flow process and naturally cooled winery and caves. Grapes are crushed on the winery's roof and flow by gravity into the fermentation room below. After fermentation with native yeasts and extended maceration in stainless steel, French oak, and concrete tanks, the wines are aged in French oak barrels in the caves. The wine has tremendous density, concentration, and ample, fine tannins. It is full and dramatic early and will age gracefully.