2013 Beringer Quantum Red Blend
In order to create a blend that highlights the outstanding terroir of Beringer’s many Napa Valley vineyards, our winemaking team kept each vineyard lot separate from the moment the grapes were harvested, until final blending. In creating Quantum, the team was also excited to showcase an interesting mix of varietals with the foundation of Cabernet Sauvignon, the backbone of the Beringer portfolio. The majority of fruit comes from Howell Mountain along with a smaller portion from vineyards along the valley floor. The Merlot contributes round mouthfeel and soft tannins, Petite Sirah adds spice complexity, and Malbec adds silkiness and color to the final blend. The wines were aged in French oak (60% new barrels) for sixteen months, and then in bottle for six months.
2015 Luminus Oak Knoll Chardonnay
Luminus is a single-vineyard Chardonnay from Beringer’s Big Ranch Vineyard in the Oak Knoll AVA. Located on the valley floor and at the southern end of the Napa Valley, Big Ranch is an ideal location for this style of Chardonnay owing to the cooling influence of the San Pablo Bay, preserving nice acidity and minerality in the grapes. A selection of Burgundian clones that showed excellent early development provide an elegant complexity and fruit weight to the blend.
2013 Beringer Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Knights Valley Reserve is a barrel selection, a blend of the best vineyard lots in a given vintage. To maintain the unique characteristics of the different lots from varying areas of the vineyard they are kept separate through vinification and aging, and only the most expressive are selected for this Reserve bottling. Extended maceration created larger tannins to enhance the lush mouthfeel of the blend and extracted a maximum of color, aromas and flavors. The wines were aged in small French Nevers oak barrels (53% percent new) for eighteen months, enhancing the rich mouthfeel and structure. A small portion of Cabernet Franc was also added to add further complexities to this memorable wine.