2017 Water Witch Reviews Vineyards Past Vintages

Vineyard Source

Quintessence, Red Mountain


66% Cabernet Sauvignon
26% Merlot
6% Cabernet Franc
2% Petit Verdot



Release Date

February 8, 2020


615 cases

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(93-95) points, Jeb Dunnuck

"All from the Quintessence Vineyard on Red Mountain, the 2017 Water Witch checks in as mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, aging in 80% new French oak. This is from fruit that’s planted and completely controlled by this team, so it’s basically estate fruit. It has beautiful cassis and blackberry fruit as well as notes of bay leaf, graphite, and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied, pure, elegant, and seamless on the palate, it offers good acidity, fine tannins, and a great finish. It's seriously good Cabernet."



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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.