2015 Quintessa “Illumination” Sauvignon Blanc $50


2015 Quintessa “Illumination” Sauvignon Blanc $50

Winery Tasting Notes:  “2015 Illumination is a wine of exceptional aromatic complexity and purity. The bright fruit aromas of white peach and lemon sorbet interweave with fresh herbs, fig and beeswax honey. On the palate, the wine is alive with exotic stone fruit, lemon zest, and a hint of minerality that lead to a fresh flavorful finish.”

Blend: 39% Sauvignon Blanc Musqué, 48% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Semillon
Alcohol Level: 14.2%
Cases Produced: NA
Winemaker Name: 
Rebekah Wineburg
Maturity: Drink Now – 2022


Drew_july2012_250112Staff Review:  DREW MOFFAT – Staying in line with the Quintessa theme another “Best-Seller” the night of our wine club member tasting was the 2015 Quintessa “Illumination” Sauvignon Blanc blend.  “Desirous of a white wine from Quintessa that he could enjoy at home with friends and family, Agustin Huneeus (owner of Qunitessa/Faust) planted a half acre of Sauvignon Blanc at Quintessa in 2002. This small plot of vines lives in the alluvial soils near the river where airflow and cooler temperatures encourage the grapes to thrive. Sauvignon Blanc Musqué sourced from Quintessa and select vineyards, which are reputed to have original Loire Valley cuttings, is a key part of the blend by enhancing the aromatic complexity and richness of the wine. Winemaker Rebekah Wineburg seeks out additional vineyards in southern Napa Valley and the Sonoma Coast that have hillside locations and cooler climates to ensure depth, intensity, fruit definition and minerality in the wines. (https://www.illuminationwine.com/assets/download/2015_Illumination_Fact_Sheet.pdf)


We not only selected this wine because of its overwhelming success at the tasting, but because its hands down one of the best domestic SB’s we have tried in quite some time.  Fresh, bright aromatics give way to delightful crisp and fruit forward taste that will compliment any holiday meal.  This is a “convertor wine” meaning it will convert non-white or non-sauvignon blanc drinkers into believers!  Oh…and don’t forget to check you receipt…you’ll love the wine and CV even more!  Cheers!

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