Quintessa Illumination 2013
Fascinated with making a white wine from Quintessa, Agustin Huneeus planted a small plot of Sauvignon Blanc at the estate in 2002. Illumination first emanuated from this little vineyard, its rays penetrating the palates of sommeliers, friends and guests who requested it for their own cellars. He now shares this limited production wine with kindred spirits seeking illumination via wines that express their place of origin. Agustin Huneeus celebrated his 80th birthday, at harvest time in 2013, with the release of the latest vintage of Illumination.
I tasted Illumination at a recent wine tasting event hosted by Quintessa representatives and thought the wine was truly magnificent. The wine was clear, clean and had a bright sunshine yellow color. Aromas of green fruit and citrus were noted along with some floral edges. The wine is a blend of 49% Sauvignon Blanc Musqué, 36% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Semillon; 67% of the grapes came from Napa and 33% from Sonoma. The palate showed sweet ripe grapefruits, fleshy apple and some lemony nuances. The finish was better than medium, showing some spice and a touch of earthy minerals. Limited production, 3000 cases, so if you see it, grab one as it will not be there when you return. Outstanding!