Nose

The fruit aromas of white peach, kiwi and guava interplay with fresh herbs, pink grapefruit, and beeswax honey create an intricate bouquet.

Palate

On the palate, the wine dances with stone fruit, lemon zest, and a touch of minerality, followed by a fresh, flavorful finish.

Growing Conditions

Two plots of Sauvignon Blanc are planted on the Quintessa estate in areas with cooler temperatures, allowing the grapes to thrive and produce wines of aromatic richness. Partnerships with growers in Southern Napa Valley and in Sonoma County allow us to blend in cooler climates and hillsides to ensure depth, intensity, fruit definition and minerality. Our hillside and bench land vineyards are tucked away in some of the coldest corners of Napa and Sonoma Counties. These extreme sites tend to be naturally low yielding, creating berries that are layered with tropical fruit, floral and fresh herb notes while maintaining balanced minerality. The 2016 growing season started with a warmer than average winter and an early spring resulting in an early bud break and bloom. Late spring and summer however were cooler than usual. The cooler weather was exceptional for Sauvignon Blanc, creating great flavors and crisp acidity. The 2016 Illumination is alive with aromatic complexity, beautiful texture and bright fruit flavors. Appellation: 64% Napa County, 36% Sonoma County

Food Pairing

This is an incredible vintage and the perfect summer wine that pairs with a variety of appetizers and seafood.