By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.beringer.com
Easily one of the most recognizable names in the Napa Valley, Beringer is a long-time favorite producer of wine lovers around the globe. Although some of its lower-priced wines may lose their way among the “wine snobs”, its higher-end wines are widely sought after.
This 2010 Quantum is a red blend that has a proper amount of oak that adds just enough of a touch to let you know its there without being annoying.
- Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petite Sirah, 3% Petit Verdot
- Vinification: Barrel aged in French oak for 15 months (48% new barrels)
- Alc: 14.5%
- TA: 5.8 g/L
- pH: 3.84
- Suggested retail price: $60
- Cases produced: 6,121
- Price: $55
On the nose: Tart cherries, coffee ground, dark chocolate, raspberry, leather, peppercorn, tobacco and spice.
On the palate: A sublime experience of a red wine that combines the best of what I adore about wine in general. Stellar complexity of fruit, firm yet not overpowering tannins and enough acidity to help keep everything together. A beautiful wine that will age at least 10-15 years and one which is likely to get pounded like the fist of a pissed-off god. Sure, we’d love to talk about how much we “let it open up in the glass” – hogwash, it’s too good, you’ll pound-it.