2012 Quintessence Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Quintessence Vineyard, which makes up the northeastern border of the Red Mountain AVA, was planted less than a decade ago, yet is already impressing many with its intense fruit quality. This varietal Cabernet Sauvignon (clones 169 and 191) gives us aromas of bright red fruits, raspberry and blackberry, cedar box, and a nudge of brown sugar. The palate adds a bit of dark cherry, spice, and toasted oak, set in chewy tannins and mouthwatering acids for a deep and rich finish. Drink now through 2024.
91 Points, Wine Advocate
A big, rich, chocolate-laced Cabernet, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Quintessence Vineyard (which I believe is a new wine for the estate) offers lots of ripe herbs, wood smoke, licorice and vanilla soaked fruits to go with full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. Deep, rich and nicely concentrated, with plenty of tannin, it will be better in another year or so, and drink well through 2024. - Jeb Dunnuck
93 Points + Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast
This 100% varietal wine from a young, emerging vineyard was aged in mixture of new French (86%) and American oak. It’s aromatically brooding with notes of dark coffee, vanilla, dark cherry, herbs and chocolate. The polished black fruit flavors are rich yet light on their feet with the tannins combed to a fine sheen and mouthwatering acids. Best from 2020–2027. - Sean Sullivan
Top 100 Wines, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
This young vineyard site on Red Mountain has winemakers abuzz, and here winemaker Charlie Hoppes shows what all of the fuss is about. The wine is 100 percent varietal with aromas of cherry, coffee, and chocolate that lead to well-balanced dark fruit and polished tannins.