Beringer Quantum Red 2014

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In order to create a blend that highlights the outstanding terroir of Beringer's many Napa Valley vineyards, each vineyard lot is kept separate from the moment the grapes were harvested until final blending. In creating Quantum, the goal is to showcase an interesting mix of varietals using the foundation of Cabernet Sauvignon - the backbone of the Beringer portfolio. Approximately half of the blend comes from Howell Mountain with the balance made up of a selection of notable vineyard sites along the valley floor. The Merlot contributes round mouthfeel and soft tannins, Cabernet Franc adds great color and unique aromatics, Petite Sirah adds spice complexity, and Malbec adds silkiness and color to the final blend. The wines were aged in French oak (31 percent new barrels) for 20 months, and then in bottle for six months.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Beringer
Alcohol/vol 15%
  • we91

Wine EnthusiastThis would be a straightforward Bordeaux red blend if not for the 5% Petite Sirah within. Together, it's 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec as well, sourced from Howell Mountain and valley floor sites. Dusty and herbal, the wine is thick and sizably tannic, with dense black fruit, leather and coffee.

Virginie Boone, June 1, 2017
  • wa89

Wine AdvocateThere are 36,000 cases of the proprietary red blend, the 2014 Quantum, a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah and Malbec. Supple tannins, a dark ruby/purple color, a spicy, berry-fruited nose, medium to full body and a silky mouthfeel make for a delicious wine to drink over the next 8-10 years.

Robert Parker, December 30, 2016
  • ws89

Wine SpectatorAn easygoing effort that drinks well now, combining ripe, rich dark berry fruit with anise, licorice, light mocha and cedary oak notes. Smooth and lingering on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah and Malbec. Drink now through 2026. 36,327 cases made.

James Laube, 2017