2016 Water Witch Reviews Vineyards Past Vintages

Vineyard Source

Quintessence, Red Mountain


64% Cabernet Sauvignon
26% Merlot
9% Cabernet Franc
1% Petit Verdot



Release Date

February 9, 2019


240 cases

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93 points, Jeb Dunnuck

"The 2016 Water Witch is based largely on Cabernet Sauvignon yet includes 26% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, all brought up in 66% new oak. It's another ruby/purple-colored effort that has terrific intensity in its blackcurrants, smoked earth, tobacco, and classy oak aromas and flavors. With medium to full-bodied power, nicely integrated acidity, good freshness and purity, and a great finish, it can be drunk today or cellared for 10-15 years or more."



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From the 2015 Vintage - (92-94) Points (June 2017)

"The 310-case 2015 Water Witch Red Blend (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) is still aging in 70% new French oak barrels. It sports a deep purple color as well as a heavenly bouquet of creme de cassis, jammy black raspberries, spice and white chocolate. This gives way to a full-bodied, plush, sexy red that has tons of fruit, a big, mouth-filling texture and a great finish. It shows the riper side to the vintage, yet hangs onto plenty of purity and elegance." Jeb Dunnuck





Quintessence Vineyards is a 410-acre parcel of land with a base elevation of 675 feet, rising to 1,025 feet as it reaches Red Mountain AVA's southwest-facing slopes. Quintessence founders Dick Shaw and Paul Kaltinick planted their first vines as partners on Red Mountain in 2010. They launched Quintessence with a planting of 68 acres along Red Mountain's southwestern slope. Positive response was immediate, with customers pointing to "world class vineyard management" and "spectacular fruit" as some outstanding attributes. Additional planting followed, with similar success. Now, with the expansion along the eastern ridge and slop of Red Mountain, Quintessence will encompass some 300 acres in total. Quintessence is made up of premium land, a talent for farming, dedicated management, ideal growing conditions, and a love for what they do.