Distinction Series

2012 Beringer Quantum Red Blend

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Vintage 2012
Wine Type Red
Varietal Red Blend
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Mark Beringer

Quantum is the smallest unit of energy achievable in science. Each tiny particle – each singular quantum – holds unique potential to contribute to a larger being. When these units combine, each quantum contributes its specific essence, resulting in a system of great expression and complexity. Similarly in wine, 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. In other words, each of these components acts as a quantum. When these varietals, or quanta combine, they produce something of far greater value. Something that bundles a source of life; something marked by layered complexity.

Beringer farms a unique and irreplaceable collection of remarkable vineyard sites, and Chief Winemaker Laurie Hook has been working with wines from these vineyards for over 25 years. With the Quantum blend, Laurie highlights the individual properties of each varietal to create a wine with balance, structure and flavor.

92 points - Vinous

“Beringer’s 2012 Red Blend Quantum is gorgeous. Silky, nuanced and expressive, the Quantum captures plenty of vintage 2012 radiance. Red plum, cherry, spice, leather and mint are all laced together in a supple, generous wine full of near and medium-term appeal.” – Antonio Galloni, VINOUS, December 2014

Vintage Notes

The 2012 vintage began with textbook conditions that continued through much of Harvest. Spring bud break was ideal with steady flowering and even fruit set. A lengthy stretch of warm days and cool nights during the summer months allowed for optimal ripeness to develop in the grapes and an exceptional quality overall. The 2012 Quantum grapes were harvested between September 19th and October 29th.

Winemaker's Notes

In order to create a blend that highlights the outstanding terroir of Beringer’s many Napa Valley vineyards, Laurie kept each vineyard lot separate from the moment the grapes were harvested, until final blending. In creating Quantum, Laurie 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.

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