2016 Quest Cabernet Bordeaux Blend
Quest is not bound by history, tradition or norms of winemaking. It is a new wine that aims to express what can be produced in Paso Robles, our mountainous, oak-studded, maritime-influenced home. My father first brought us here in 1978, seeing the potential to grow red varietals in Paso’s varied landscape and soils. Since then, we’ve been exploring vineyard sites across the region, discovering the uniqueness of each one. This wine displays the lushness of Cabernet, the foundation of our blend. But just like Paso is made richer by the diversity of its land, so this wine is made equally distinct by its mix of grapes – a combination that is concentrated, soft, supple and expressive.
The anticipated El Niño gave us about eight inches of rain in Paso Robles, which was less than hoped for, but much needed after the four prior drought years. The rainfall had a positive effect on fruit quality and yields, specifically for the Rhone and Bordeaux varietals. In 2016, most varieties of grapes came in above average in terms of yield and quality, which was a welcomed surprise. The overall 2016 vintage delivered high quality fruit with above expectations on color and fruit intensity.
The varietals in this Red Blend are harvested and fermented individually by vineyard lots and then barreled into American oak barrels. The lots were racked twice during barrel-aging, blended together and put into 65% New American oak barrels for an additional 3 months. Just prior to bottling the wine is filtered. The 2016 Paso Quest Red Wine was aged for a total of 21 months in oak, blended in the early Summer of 2018 and bottled in August of 2018.