Owned and operated by Dick Shaw, a prominent grape grower in Washington, Quintessence Vineyard is a relatively new planting on a prime location of Red Mountain. The vineyard sits on the eastern edge of Red Mountain, ranging in elevation from 700 to 1000 feet. The vineyard was first planted in 2010 to primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and quickly developed a reputation as being some of the best Cab ground in the state. The fruit is highly sought after and it typically goes to some of the most highly acclaimed wineries in the state.
The vineyard is managed by Marshall Edwards. Marshall and I worked together for years at Chateau Ste. Michelle where he was the vineyard manager for Cold Creek Vineyard and I was the Red Winemaker. He has a keen understanding of how to grow premium Cabernet Sauvignon and also knows what I am typically looking for with regards to viticulture. This makes working with Marshall not only very easy but a great pleasure, which is very convenient because most of the time we spend together we are laughing and making fun of each other. I honestly can't think of anyone else who I have more fun with while walking the vineyards. Marshall was named Grower of the Year by the Washington Winegrowers Association in 2017, an accolade that is well deserved.
For more information about Quintessence Vineyard, including a really neat interactive map, visit QuintessenceVineyards.com .