2017 Quintessa, Rutherford (750ml)
"Already bottled, the 2017 Quintessa displays a deep garnet-purple color. The nose needs a little coaxing before it reveals bold, expressive notes of crushed red and black plums, black currant jelly, wild blueberries and kirsch with nuances of camphor, cloves, cedar and lilacs plus a hint of oolong tea. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has beautifully expressed, elegant red and black fruit layers, with a sturdy, grainy frame and plenty of freshness, finishing long and earthy. 95 points" - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate, Oct. 2019)
"Crushed berries, incense and blackberries with black-olive undertones. Extremely perfumed. Medium to full body. Very intense for a 2017. Crafted and polished. Long and caressing. Elegant. Drink or hold. 95 points" - James Suckling (Feb. 2020)
VINTAGE NOTES:<br>The 2017 growing season began with record rainfall through the winter, producing deep soil moisture. With a mild spring following, the growing season began on schedule—bud break and bloom occurring within their typical time frame and resulting in beautiful uniformity across the vineyard. As the year progressed, 2017 became a warm growing season, similar to 2013 and 2015. Still, ripening continued on an average pace, with veraison occurring at the end of July. A warm Labor Day weekend kicked the harvest into high gear: Picking on the Quintessa estate began on September 11 and was completed on October 7.