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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Winemaking Notes

In 2012, we partnered with Quintessence Vineyards to plant a 13.6 acre block on the south slope of Red Mountain. No expense was spared in the design and development of the site. We worked hand-in-hand with the Quintessence Vineyard team to transform the 13.6 acre site into a world-class vineyard through meticulous site selection, variety and clone selection, and vine density and orientation. This team effort culminated in the reincarnation of one of the original wines in the Mark Ryan lineup: Water Witch. After carefully selecting the top performing blocks in the 13.6 acre vineyard, we are very excited with the results. Great care is taken in the cellar to gently handle the must, which is never pumped and is punched down twice a day to create gentle extraction. Once fermentation is complete, the wine is lightly pressed to barrel where it will age for 21 months in 66% new French oak.



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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.