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.
In the glass, the 2018 Q Red Blend is a deep, ruby red color with a vivid purple hue. Aromas of high tone black fruits, maraschino cherries and brown spice are pronounced. The blueberry and red fruit notes are accented by notes espresso and brown spice. The wine is juicy and plush on the palate with blackberry, tea and spice notes evident. The velvet tannins are mouthcoating and leave and almost chocolate note on the long, juicy fruit finish. This wine is incredibly approachable and delicious now but will show well for the next 10 years at minimum.
The 2018 growing season started with abundant rains, followed by a bright spring and early onset of summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred later than usual, but under ideal weather conditions. This created plentiful and beautiful, even fruit set. Summer brought generous sunlight hours during the day with cooling marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by any major heat spikes. The relatively mild, long summer was followed by an extended fall with moderate heat and no rain, creating near-ideal conditions to allow fruit extended hangtime. This extended vineyard time allowed fruit to develop deep complexity and a gradual increase in sugar levels. Harvest began for red varietals in early October and lasted through mid-November. Overall, the 2018 crop increased by approximately 20-30% coming in with beautifully concentrated color and flavor making wines of outstanding quality.
With the focus on Howell Mountain within Napa Valley, each distinctive varietal lot is kept separate from the moment of harvest until final blending the following year. Each year, the Q Red Blend showcases traditional Bordeaux varietals with a foundation of Cabernet Sauvignon, the backbone and undisputed star of Beringer. In this vintage, the blend anchors with 86% 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 a beautiful silkiness and depth of color to the final blend. The wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels (55% new) for 20 months.
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.
|Blend||86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec|