Quantum is the smallest unit of energy achievable in science. Each tiny particle holds unique potential to contribute to a larger being. When these units combine, each quantum adds its specific essence, resulting in a system of great expression and complexity. Beringer recognizes that each grape varietal offers unique flavor and structure, and that each vineyard and block of vines contributes yet another expression of those varietals. Beringer farms a unique collection of remarkable vineyard sites in Napa Valley. The Quantum blend highlights the individual personalities of each varietal, creating a wine with balance, structure and exceptional flavor.
“The 2017 Quantum checks in as a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Petite Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Malbec. It was brought up in 67% new French oak and has impressive black currants, graphite, and crushed flower-like aromatics. It's balanced, has a solid mid-palate, and ripe, present tannins, and is beautifully done. Drink bottles any time over the coming 15+ years." - Jeb Dunnuck, February 2020
“A firm and very silky red with a layered mouth feel and lots of depth and length. Polished and juicy. Rich, yet structured. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot, malbec and cabernet franc. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling, February 2020
“This is a hugely concentrated blend of all five Bordeaux red varieties, leading with 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot. Plum, dark berry and earth lead to a midpalate of dried herb, cedar and clove, with rich, full-bodied ripeness at its core.” - Virginie Boone
Aromas of black fruits and brown spice alongside preserves accented by notes of herb, oak spice and dried fruits. Plush and velvety in the mouth with a chocolate note with evident tannins that will lead to continue development as the wine ages. Savory and chewy upon entry, enjoyable now but will show well for 10-15 years at minimum.
The 2017 vintage provided high quality thanks to lower than average yields. The year began with abundant rainfall. Spring weather was mild, resulting in extended flowering in some areas with little shatter. Vines were vigorous thanks to the winter rains. A freak hail storm passed through quickly in June causing isolated damage. Three heat events, including one over Labor Day weekend, kicked harvest into high gear, dehydrating some grapes by early September. Cool weather arrived immediately afterward, allowing sugar levels to return to normal. Most late-ripening red grapes continued to hang on the vine and were picked throughout October.
With the focus on Napa Valley, each distinctive lot is kept separate from the moment of harvest until final blending the following year. Each Quantum expression showcases traditional Bordeaux varietals with a foundation of Cabernet Sauvignon, the backbone and undisputed star of Beringer. In this vintage, the blend anchors with 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Merlot contributes to a round mouthfeel and soft tannins, Cabernet Franc adds great color and unique aromatics, Petit Verdot adds fullness and complexity, while a touch of Malbec adds silkiness and depth of color to the final blend. The wines aged in French oak barrels (67% new) 20 months, and allowed to further integrate and gain complexity in bottle for another year.
Mark Beringer, great-great-grandson of Beringer Vineyards' founding brother Jacob Beringer, was immersed in wine from the moment he was born in the heart of the Napa Valley. As the direct descendant to Beringer's first winemaker and one of the most iconic family names in Napa Valley wine history, he knew from a young age that he would follow in the footsteps of his ancestors. As a young man he spent many hours working in his family's wine store in Saint Helena, expanding his knowledge of wine as well as gaining an appreciation for wines outside of the famous region he has always called home.
|Oak Treatment||Aged 20 months in French oak barrels (67% new)|
|Blend||82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec|