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Quintessa

Quintessa "In 1989 Valeria and I found the property that would be Quintessa. A most remarkable property of great beauty and potential in the heart of the renowned Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley. Although never before planted to vineyards or any other crop, it had all of the characteristics desirable to a great wine estate; rolling hills, several micro-climates and a diversity of complex soils with limited vigor. How could this magnificent property have escaped the planting fever of the 1970's and 1980's, we wondered? We discovered that it had formerly been owned by a famous San Francisco restaurateur. He had purchased the property in the late 1940's, after extensive research, for its potential to be a grand wine estate. He died before realizing his dream. In the years following his death, many a Napa vintner tried and failed to acquire it. Valeria and I consider ourselves very fortunate to have been entrusted by destiny with the development of this unique property. The fact that the property had never been planted to grapes before spoke to the vivacity of the soil and the absence of grape pests. Starting with a clean slate permitted us to take advantage of a wealth of knowledge and wisdom that has been accumulated in the Napa Valley over 25 years of quality viticulture. Terrace design, soil preparation, density of planting, trellis systems, and most important, selection of rootstock and clones were just some of the aspects of vineyard innovation that we were able to apply.

Directions
From the East Bay: Take highway 680 north until it ends at Hwy 80. You will have the choice of taking 80 East or follow the signs to Napa via Hwy 12. Hwy 12 ends at highway 29. Turn right and follow signs towards Calistoga. You will go through Napa, Yountville, Oakville (about 15 miles). When you come to Rutherford, turn right onto the Rutherford Cross Road (128). It will head east across the valley and split – turn left and follow until it hits Silverado Trail. At the Trail, turn left, we are the first winery on the left at 1601 Silverado Trail. From Marin or San Francisco via Golden Gate Bridge: Take Highway 101 north to highway 37 east. When it hits highway 121, take that towards Sonoma/Napa. Follow along 121 until it dead ends at Highway 29. Turn left onto 29. You will go through Napa, Yountville, Oakville (about 15 miles). When you come to Rutherford, turn right onto the Rutherford Cross Road (128). It will head east across the valley and split – turn left and follow until it hits Silverado Trail. At the Trail, turn left, we are the first winery on the left at 1601 Silverado Trail. From San Francisco via Bay Bridge: Take Highway 80 across Bay Bridge and continue heading east. As you go through Vallejo, watch for Highway 37 west. Take 37 and exit at Highway 29. Take 29 north through American Canyon, it will take a big left curve as you enter Napa. Follow signs towards Calistoga. You will go through Napa, Yountville, Oakville (about 15 miles). When you come to Rutherford, turn right onto the Rutherford Cross Road (128). It will head east across the valley and split – turn left and follow until it hits Silverado Trail. At the Trail, turn left, we are the first winery on the left at 1601 Silverado Trail.


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1601 Silverado Trail, Rutherford, CA, US, 94573 Email: info@quintessa.com
Phone: 707-967-1601 Web: www.quintessa.com
Fax: 707-286-2727
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  Quintessa
“In 2005, careful yield management and a truly ideal fall ripening climate gave us wines with structure, refined tannins, elegance and potential for long aging. The 2005 Quintessa opens with beautiful complexity, perfume and nuance on the nose. In the glass, the wine amplifies with time and a quiet entry builds to a structured, solid mid-palate with dense black fruit. Its long finish unfolds with exquisitely supple tannins and a caress of sweet fruit.” Winemaker Charles Thomas

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