Quintessa

Dragon’s Terraces
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 31
Vintage

2012

Quintessa

Dragon’s Terraces

Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford

5 cases produced

Quintessa is a 280-acre organic and biodynamically farmed vineyard estate with five hills, many valleys, two forests, and a 20-acre lake in Rutherford. The vineyard is divided into 26 blocks planted to five Bordeaux varietals. Each year, Quintessa produces one singular red blend that represents the best from the vineyard each year. For Premiere Napa Valley, Agustin Huneeus and winemaker Charles Thomas are, for the first time, bottling a wine that represents just one block from Quintessa: the 2012 Dragon’s Terraces. One of the largest blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon on the property, it is the only block on the property that has been included in every vintage of Quintessa, since its first vintage in 1994.


Aging Process

100% French Oak, 85% new

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Charles Thomas

Winemaker, Quintessa

Winemaker, Charles Thomas

Charles Thomas joined the Quintessa team as winemaker in June 2007. He has a storied career with some of the most highly regarded wineries in the industry including Robert Mondavi Winery, Domaine Chandon, Cardinale and Rudd.

Charles embarked on his journey into the world of winemaking, starting literally from the ground up as he was studying at the University of California, Berkeley. His early experiences include installing vineyard irrigation systems throughout Napa and parts of Sonoma, operating presses and tending vineyards for Domaine Chandon, leading tours at Robert Mondavi Winery and buying the wines for the Sonoma Cheese Company.

In 1978, Charles joined Robert Mondavi Winery's production department moving through positions including barrel enologist, senior enologist and assistant winemaker. After gaining a thorough knowledge of every aspect of winemaking he was promoted to head winemaker. He assisted in the creation, execution and evolution of Opus One from 1979 through 1994.

In 1994, he moved to Jackson Family Farms where he worked closely with the rebuilding of Cardinale’s vineyards and winemaking techniques. From there, he joined Rudd in 2002 where he directed changes to both the winery and vineyards. Charles lives on Napa Valley’s Mount Veeder at the vineyard property he shares with his wife, Lily.

Country born: Thailand

Education: University of California, Berkeley

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Get it right in the vineyard and focus on the strengths of both the vineyard and vintage with minimal intervention

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