Wine Review: Illumination Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Basic Information – Illumination Sauvignon Blanc

Producer – Quintessa

Vintage – 2016

Region – USA – California – North Coast

Varietal – Sauvignon Blanc

Pricing – $41.99

Alcohol – 14%


Wine is pale lemon in color.


The nose is clean with medium intensity aromas. Aromatic characteristics of grapefruit, apple and lemon zest followed by herbaceous notes and mineral.


This is a dry wine with high acidity and a medium minus body. The flavors consist of over ripen pineapple, tart lemon and grapefruit followed by a spiced herbaceous note. The finish is long in length with loads of mineral leaving your palate feeling cleansed.

Overall Experience

The Illumination Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is truly a unique and different Sauvignon Blanc compared to others out of the Napa Valley area or anywhere for that matter. The flavor profile is pronounced with a ton of complexity and balance. I loved the long finish and thought this was an excellent wine.


Food – Shellfish and Salads

Cigar – Casa Fernandez Miami Aganorsa Leaf MaduroMonetcristo White Series or Micallef La Crema


James Suckling – 94pts.

Wine Advocate – 91pts.

Wine Spectator – 90pts.

Winemakers Notes

The 2016 Illumination is alive with aromatic complexity, beautiful texture and bright flavors. The fruit aromas of white peach, kiwi and guava interplay with fresh herbs, pink grapefruit, and beeswax honey create an intricate bouquet. On the palate the wine dances with stonefruit, lemon zest a touch of minerality, followed by a fresh, flavorful finish.

About Quintessa  –

Illumination Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Quintessa