Wine Advocate 92 points - An outstanding effort, the 2011 Quantum Proprietary Red is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot that achieved 15.1% natural alcohol White chocolate, black currants, sweet kirsch, espresso roast and earth are followed by a deep, rich, full-bodied, fruity, supple-textured red. Consume it over the next 7-8 years.
"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 crafting 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. 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 vineyards along the valley floor, along with a smaller portion from Howell Mountain. The Merlot contributes round mouthfeel and soft tannins, Petite Sirah adds spice complexity and texture, and Petit Verdot lends dark, inky fruit notes and rich structure to the blend. The wines were aged in French oak (48% new barrels) for 15 months, and then in bottle for six months. The 2010 Quantum is full of dark cherry, espresso, tobacco, and leather aromas. Notes of ripe plum, vanilla, and boysenberry jam are accented by a hint of sage and savory brown spices. It is a fleshy, distinctive wine with silken tannins and a lush, rounded profile. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petite Sirah, 3% Petit Verdot." - Winery Notes
|Beringer Vineyards – The Beginning
Our history dates back to the year 1868, when Jacob Beringer, enticed by the splendid opportunities of the new world, sailed from his home in Mainz, Germany to New York. However, New York did not appeal to Jacob and after hearing that the warm and Mediterranean plains of California were quite similar to the vineyards back home, he soon made his way to the Napa Valley. It was here that Jacob Beringer, along with his brother, Frederick Beringer, purchased land for the first Beringer Vineyard in 1875.
Beringer Vineyards – Today
Beringer Vineyards holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley. It is also one of the very few wineries that survived the draconian prohibition of 1922, which lasted over a decade. The estate is also in the National Register for Historic Places as a historic district, a status it has held since 2001. With its perfect blend of modern technology and age old traditions, Beringer Vineyards still produces memorable wines that continue to bring recognition to the company and all of Napa Valley.