Region: California (Napa and Sonoma County)
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc (California Sauvignon Blanc)
Wine Style: White - Green and Flinty
Food Pairing: Shellfish, Vegetarian, Goat cheese, Salads and Green Vegetables
Reviews: 91 Points Robert Parker, 90 Points Wine Enthusiast
Winemaker Notes & Critical Acclaim:
The 2017 Illumination is an elegant balance of exotic flavors, fresh acidity, and great texture. Aromas of guava, pink grapefruit and kiwi are intertwined with peach blossom and fresh thyme to create a lively bouquet. On the palate, the wine continues with flavors of white peach, lemon sorbet and a distinctively creamy texture that finishes with mouthwatering minerality. Blend: 40% Sauvignon Blanc Musque, 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 7% Semillon - Winemaker Note
The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Illumination comes from the cooler Coombsville and Bennet Valley AVAs, with a bit from the Quintessa estate. Made up of 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Sauvignon Musqué clone and 7% Sémillon, it springs from the glass with vibrant lemon curd, white peaches, orange blossom and lime leaves scents with hints of wild thyme, chalk dust and yuzu zest. Medium-bodied and wonderfully elegant, it delivers vivacious citrus and gentle herbs layers with a racy backbone and long mineral-laced finish. - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Well integrated with a subtle fist of power, this wine is fleshy and fruit forward in apple and lime with a stony mineral edge. A twinge of fresh grapefruit flavor brightens the glass and adds to the overall complexity. - Wine Enthusiast
About The Producer:
Intrigued with white wines from the Loire Valley, and desirous of a white wine from Quintessa that he could enjoy at home with friends and family, Agustin planted a half-acre of Sauvignon Blanc at the Quintessa estate in 2002. This little plot of vines lives in the alluvial soils on the northwestern corner of the estate near the river, where airflow and cooler temperatures encourage the grapes to thrive in an appellation best known for Cabernet Sauvignon.
Illumination first emanated from this little vineyard, appearing in limited circles. Quickly, its rays penetrated the palates of sommeliers, friends and guests who requested Illumination for their own cellars and restaurants. We searched for more grapes from nearby vineyards in Rutherford and the cooler southern regions of Napa Valley always seeking vineyards with alluvial soils and limited yields to provide concentration, mineral notes and bright, vibrant character.