Lost Variety Red Wine Blend
2019 Carmenere

2021 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 25 | Lot No. 97



Lost Variety Red Wine Blend


5 cases produced


  • Your wine is sourced entirely from the Quintessa Estate in Rutherford, which has been organically farmed since 1989
  • It is comprised of Carménère, known as the lost classic red variety, blended with other classic red varieties
  • Original rootstocks of Carménère planted at Quintessa were sourced from the oldest vineyards in Chile
  • Aging for 18 months in 60% new French oak prior to bottling

A blend of Carménère, Cabernet Sauvignon, and small amount of other Bordeaux varieties, the Quintessa “Lost Variety” blend highlights one of the original Bordeaux varietals which is known for its low yields and dense, ripe and powerful flavors. One of the most popular grape varieties in Bordeaux in the 1800s, it was largely wiped out during a phylloxera infestation and later replanted to the easier-to-grow Cabernet Sauvignon variety. Today, less than five acres of Carménère are planted in Napa Valley, with three of those acres planted at Quintessa. The Quintessa Carménère cuttings were originally transplanted to Quintessa from one of the oldest vineyards in Chile, influenced by the Chilean heritage of our founders, Agustin and Valeria Huneeus. With only five cases produced specifically for Premiere Napa Valley, the Quintessa “Lost Variety” blend is an elegant yet powerful wine that celebrates our winegrowing heritage.

Wine Facts

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

Rebekah  Wineburg

Winemaker, Quintessa

Winemaker, Rebekah  Wineburg

With experience in the wine-growing regions of California, Oregon, Italy, and New Zealand, Rebekah contributes a worldly perspective to the cultivation and production of luxury wines in Napa. Rebekah’s passion for winemaking began when at the age of 16 she visited Napa Valley vineyards with her parents, and an Australian friend of her father who was a chemist and a winemaker. At each of the vineyards he explained winemaking and wine tasting to Rebekah. The discussions from that visit left such a lasting impression that she went on to pursue a dual degree in chemistry and biology at Macalester College with the dream of becoming a winemaker. Committing wholeheartedly to her dream, she enrolled in the winemaking program at the University of California, Davis, where she earned her master’s degree in viticulture and enology. After completing her MS with a thesis on the effects of winemaking techniques on the phenolic composition of Cabernet Sauvignon, she abandoned the lab and went headfirst into a series of harvests in Italy, Oregon, and New Zealand before settling down in Napa Valley where she has worked and continued to learn wine making at exceptional producers, such as Staglin Family, Rudd Estate and Buccella Wines before joining the Quintessa team in 2015. She is a professional member of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture and past President of the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group.

After all these years, Rebekah still cannot believe her good fortune – to have become acquainted in her teens with the beautiful Napa Valley and with winemaking, which led to such a fulfilling career. For Rebekah, the joy of winemaking is the opportunity to be a part of something so much more, as wines have a life and spirit of their own.

Country born: US

Education: Dual degree in chemistry and biology at Macalester College
Master's degree in viticulture and enology at University of California, Davis

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Dover Hall

Dover Hall
1500 Manakin Road
Manakin-Sabot  VA  23103


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