Ever since the winery’s start in 1990, the goal at Quintessa was always to have the most beautiful wine estate in the world, with the best winemaking team making the best wines. That much is clear. The winery is always at the top of the Napa Visit list– a picturesque 270-acre plot in Rutherford right in the heart of Napa Valley with a massive, state of the art tasting room and 17,000 square foot wine caves on the premises.
On the winemaking side, the team includes superstar consultant Michel Rolland, joining Andy Erickson (Screaming Eagle/Leviathan) and superstar young winemaker, Rebekah Wineburg who joined the team in 2015 after stints at Staglin and Rudd. Ever since Rebekah joined the team in 2015, the winery has seemingly reached an even greater level of craftsmanship than ever before.
With the arrival of the brand new 100-point 2019 bottling, the winery punctuates their rise in standards even as they have always remained in a very short list of America’s top wineries. The Wine Enthusiast who brandished the wine with a 100-point score, called this, “a masterclass in winemaking.” No arguments here. This is an epic bottling in a near perfect vintage in Napa. But this particular one has the distinction of being perfect.
100 Points, (Cellar Selection) Wine Enthusiast
“This is a winemaker’s master class in blending and understanding of a long-standing site. Dried herb, cedar and pencil shavings accent lifted red fruit and brilliant acidity on the palate, with a supple yet still youthfully grippy texture that is framed by structured, graceful tannins. Enjoy from 2029.”
99 Points, James Suckling
“So much earth and spice with walnut and wet earth. Like fog laying over the valley in the morning. Black fruit. Medium-to full-bodied with super-fine tannins that are long and persistent, with graceful progression and length on the palate. So long, with real definition. September 2022 release. From biodynamically grown grapes. Hard not to drink now, but will age wonderfully.”