Desirous of a white wine from Quintessa that he could enjoy at home with friends and family, Agustin Huneeus 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.
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.
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