2017 Casemates Cellars QPR Select Négociant Red Wine Blend, Central Coast
This red blend has aromas of plum, blackberry, mocha and smoky oak followed by rich flavors of black fruit and cassis, with a hint of fresh herbs. Approachable tannins and a round, full body lead to a structured, but soft, lingering finish. Pair with grilled steaks or other hearty dishes.
Vineyard and Winemaking Notes
Monterey County is known for its long growing season, a result of the cool coastal air from Monterey Bay that is pulled down the Salinas Valley each day. This maritime influence has a cooling effect, which allows the grapes to ripen more slowly and evenly. Extra hang-time leads to complex wines that exhibit heightened aromatics, intense fruit flavors and full varietal expression.
This Red Blend comes from sustainably certified estate vineyards that are meticulously farmed throughout the year. The varietals are grown in the southernmost reaches of Monterey County, where warm, sunny days are followed by very chilly nights. This significant temperature differential creates intensity and complexity in the wine.
Upon arrival to the winery, the grapes were destemmed, crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine was gently pressed then aged on American and French oak for 10 months. Minimal intervention and careful handling in the cellar ensure that this red blend is fruit-driven and showcases the integrity of all varietals.
Varietal: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3.5% Syrah, 0.5% Petite Sirah
6x 2017 Casemates Cellars QPR Select Négociant Red Wine Blend
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About The Winery
Winery: Scheid Family Wines
Location: Monterey County, Salinas Valley, CA
Al Scheid first saw untapped potential in Monterey County in 1972 when the wine region was in its infancy. What started as a grape growing operation that sold 100% of its production to other wineries today has evolved into a grapes-to-glass family business that crafts authentic and elegant wines. Our Scheid Family Wines portfolio now includes five unique and distinctive labels: Scheid Vineyards, District 7, Metz Road, VDR and Stokes’ Ghost.
With 12 estate vineyards comprised of 4,000 acres located along a 70-mile spread of the Salinas Valley, the array of microclimates and soils give us an incredible selection to work with each vintage. While our wealth of vineyard resources is exceptional, it is our employees that are at the heart of everything we do. Much of our workforce has been with us for over 25 years, with several of our vineyard managers employed for over 40 years.
The Scheid family – Al, Scott, Heidi and long-time COO Kurt Gollnick – along with our dream team of employees, are passionate about crafting the best wine possible and honoring our commitment to be good stewards of the land and supporters of our local community. We are proud to produce authentic products that sit on your dinner table and invite conversation, connection and warmth.
Is this exactly the same as last year? If so, this is one of my favorite wines. It’s hard to find something with this amount of sweetness in the US that’s not an overly sweet dessert wine. Almost like a kindzmarauli.
I remember having a discussion with you, Klez, a while back. I think it was about SH InZinerator. The 2011 InZin was about the sweetest I could drink and still enjoy it (balanced against its acidity). I generally prefer drier reds.
According to the specs, this one is much drier than the InZin, but it sounds like the specs might be wrong…(?)
I’m okay with some fruity wines (e.g., Beaujolais), but I’m not a fan of sweet. RS of 1% is about the limit for me, and that’s only if there’s reasonable acidity to balance the sweet. Otherwise I prefer 0.6% RS or lower.
The specs for this wine say “RS: .01,” which is a little ambiguous because it doesn’t specify units. It’s probably 1% (equivalent to 10 g/l), which is most likely too sweet for me, given the relatively high pH of 3.79. (I think InZinerator’s pH is usually around 3.4-3.5, and RS around 0.6 - 0.8%.)
(It now occurs to me that I was misunderstanding the specs earlier – without thinking about it, I was interpreting .01 to be .01% RS, which would be super dry.)
@moondigger@Rstoker I like wines that are fruity and wines that are more savoury, funky, and earthy. This is not actually a sweet wine unless the 0.01 RS number means 1%, which would be extremely unusual since RS is nearly always expressed as grams per litre or percent (which is equivalent to grams per 100 ml). Then again 0.01% RS is usually lower than can be naturally fermented away by about an order of magnitude. Shrug.
As for wines that are actually sweet, we love dessert wine in our house. As you mention, that requires a ton of acidity to keep everything fresh and not syrupy.
Off dry red wine, though, blech. (That is NOT what this wine being offered is, just to be clear.)
I’m on the fence. Mostly because I don’t need more wine. I’m still loving the Spellbound Cab offered a little while ago, so much so I picked up another 6 bottles of it elsewhere. AND I nabbed the CHEERS holiday blend from Meh the other day. Hmmmm…
Consider me a sucker. I didn’t really love it last time, but I did wear the beanie when I went skiing. So I guess I’m in it for the gift? I’ll grab 6 and try it again. I still have 7 of a prior release.
@MSUGOGRN@rtharak2 Yes, neutral. Oak imparts more flavour the first time it’s used. Over subsequent uses it imparts less of its own flavour. Wineries that are transparent about their oak regimens will usually specify new oak, once-used oak, (sometimes twice-used oak), and neutral oak. Some feel that after two uses it’s neutral while others say it takes three. The even more transparent wineries will tell you the toast level on the oak as well, since that can significantly impact the flavours. Ridge, for example, is known for lighter toasts and for bending their oak staves over steam rather than fire.
Neutral oak mostly lets the wine breathe while it ages alongside imparting vanillin and other oak flavours. Some (crazy, imo) wineries even do “200% new oak” where they age in new barrels and then after a year or so decant into another set of new barrels!
I previously purchased a QPR, can’t say for sure which one (and I’m too lazy too look it up). It was fine, but I never received any headgear (maybe that’s a clue as to what I bought?).
I’m rather happy that we are overstocked on wine, so I don’t even have to consider buying this! In normal times, we’d be going to parties and gifting this - hey! Parties! Remember them?? - but times aren’t normal and I’m going to pass this time.
FWIW, this appears to be exactly the same offering as last year, but conveniently aged another year. It is sold out, but if you liked it the first time and ordered it now, well, you lucked out. I think I still have most of the case I bought on Dec 9th last year. I may just have to open one to refresh my memory and celebrate my good fortune at not being too late to enjoy this one. BUT I did miss out on the beanie or whatever, so it isn’t all roses, eh?
@Jackinga Well, I just opened a bottle of the QPR, which I bought last year and had a wee dram…or two. It turns out that this is the first bottle of that case, which I have opened.
For those who were hesitant because of the RS, sweet it ain’t. Fruity, maybe, but not sweet. Other than that, it is…well…meh. Drinkable and enjoyable but not outstanding. Opus One is not going to be threatened by Casemates QPR Select.
@rjquillin So sad… missed the MEH Cheers wine, got the email about 7 hours ago about the Casemates new offering… only to log on this morning and saying sold out. Not even a message saying they saved a few for VIP members starting at 4. Guess the wine gods feel my cellar is full enough!
@hpw3inc@rjquillin The “secret” is that the “new wine offering” email doesn’t usually go out until overnight the second day. Some very helpful person here told me that you can “subscribe” to the “how much are you saving” forum page, and get an email whenever that is updated, which is usually within a few minutes or hours of the initial offering.
However my new habit is that when I wake up (usually in the middle of the night), I always check Meh so I can get my Meh button click which serves no purpose but will reward me in the afterlife, and right after that I go see what’s happening on Casemates.
I guess I get to save money. I almost ordered more after this went up. I decided to hold off until chilling and opening one from last year to see if I wanted to change my mind or adjust the quantity I was going to order. Didn’t get to placing an order until now with a break at work and see I’m too late. Happy to save money, but I’ll be bummed if the gift is cool.
UPS burned me with my Scott Harvey magnums too. Should have come Friday, then it was on the truck for Sat. 2-6pm delivery and now it shows Monday. I really miss Fed Ex. I had a package from them that said it would come Sunday and I found that on the porch last night while wondering where the UPS truck got lost.
@WebDev511 I didn’t realize it was that bad with them right now. I did see a story the other day though that they told 6 retailers they wouldn’t pick up any more packages. My sister wasn’t pleased to hear that, as she had just placed another LL Bean order.
The driver actually showed up about 9:45 am when it said 2-6pm window. I work nights, so I was glad I hadn’t fallen asleep yet, but it removed any worries of oversleeping and missing the delivery.
I recommend letting this one breath an hour. Upon opening I didn’t think it tasted that great but an hour later and this stuff was really good. Could have been the alcohol too. Either case in grateful for another good wine at an amazing price.
Popped a QPR last night. Flavor was good, plenty of fruit, but I would not have guessed it was a Cab-based blend. Lighter color and flavor, what I would expect from a Sangiovese or Barbera blend perhaps from Amador County. Better with time, and will be interested to taste the remainder tonight. QPR-wise, it’s a winner.
@winedavid49 and all the good folks at Casemates. Thanks for all you do and for making it fun to try various kinds of wines and learn a lot along the way. I have had so much fun enjoying some great wines and reading all the comments. Good riddance to the dumpster fire 2020 became and I am looking forward to a much better 2021 for all!
Thanks also for the nice gifts with my QPR order; the wine was pretty good as well.