Quest is a new wine that aims to express the increasingly recognized potential and excitement of Paso Robles. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc that showcases the luscious soſtness and depth produced in our mountainous, oak-studded, maritime-influenced home. These two varietals work seamlessly together displaying notes of fresh menthol, ripe cherry and dark coco powder. The aromas continue through the palate and are elevated with flavors of cedar-spice and warm vanilla. This medium bodied wine finishes with nuances of warm vanilla and smooth layered tannins, the finish is dry yet supple.
The 2020 growing season and harvest was near normal in some ways and very unusual in others. Rainfall was 12% below average with the bulk of the storms occurring in early winter and early spring. Spring frost threats were mild. Vine growth and berry development was normal through spring. Then, Summer brought relentless heatwaves that lasted for days at a time. Wildfires began erupting throughout the state and the region was inundated with smoke from fires burning up and down the Central Coast from early August through the end of September. The heat pattern pushed maturities quickly. Harvest timing tracked as normal. Yields were down by 20% but initial and thorough testing showed no damage from the smoke and very promising quality.
The Cabernet & Cabernet Franc are harvested and fermented individually by vineyard lots and then aged in American oak barrels. The lots were racked twice during barrel ageing, blended together and put into 65% New American oak barrels for an additional 3 months. Just prior to bottling the wine is filtered. The 2020 Quest Red Wine was aged for a total of 20 months in oak, blended in spring of 2022 and bottled in July of 2022.