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.
Aromas of black fruits and preserves are accented by notes of herb, oak spice and dried fruits. Rich and expressive, round and full in the mouth with evident tannins that will lead to continued development as the wine ages. Savory and chewy upon entry, enjoyable now but will show well for 10-15 years at minimum.
The overall quality, complexity and balance in the vines produced exceptional fruit for winemakers. The impact of the continuing drought was evident in slightly lighter crop loads, but the reduction in size was offset by an increase in quality.
The 2015 growing season was marked by pleasant weather with little pressure from heat spikes or unseasonable rain. A dry winter, common in recent years, was quickly followed by an equally dry spring, leading to an early bud break and fast start to the growing season. Warm weather continued throughout late spring and summer, allowing for the steady and sure development of flavors.
Each distinctive lot is kept separate from the moment of harvest until final blending the following year. Each Quantum expression showcases traditional Bordeaux varietals with a foundation of Cabernet Sauvignon, the backbone and undisputed star of Beringer. In this vintage, the blend anchors with 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cabernet Franc and Petit Sirah highlighted, along with touches of Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Merlot contributes to a round mouthfeel and soft tannins, Cabernet Franc adds great color and unique aromatics, Petite Sirah adds spice complexity, and Malbec adds silkiness and depth of color to the final blend. The wines were aged in French oak (50% new) for 20 months, and allowed to further integrate and gain complexity in bottle for another year.