One of the last parcels of land in the Rutherford area to be utilized for grape growing, this 280-acre property was purchased by famous Chilean winemakers Agustin and Valeria Huneeus in 1989. The name comes from the five hills and five separate microclimates on the property. Sustainable and biodynamic, Quintessa produces on Bordeaux varietals, including blocks dedicated to Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Carmenere, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The facility itself–a crescent-shaped structure inconspicuously built into the rustic hillside–is fitted with natural stone and wood, an indoor fireplace, and skylights throughout. Guests can visit by appointment only, and guided tours of the winery and surrounding vineyards conclude with private tastings.
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From Food & Wine , AUG 2009
Rutherford winery that makes a delicious, biodynamic, Bordeaux-style blend and has iconic vineyard...MORE
From Food & Wine , JUN 2005
Quintessa, also east of 29, combines lush fruit with firm structure....MORE
From Food & Wine , OCT 2007
The 2004 Quintessa, a dense Bordeaux-style blend ($120), and the 2006 Illumination Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford ($40), made primarily from grapes grown in a secret vineyard on the estate....MORE