Casemates QPR Select, a negociant red wine blend, Paso Robles
This wine is a blend of several varieties, with Merlot as it’s driving force. Loads of blueberries, plums and dark fruits abound with an easy drinking palate that draws you back for more.
This red blend is pleasing to the palate and very approachable. It is a Sunday to Saturday wine – great for any day of the week. The use of multiple vintages allows balance in the wine, making it self explanatory. Cherries come through on the nose, carried through by the Merlot. The luscious dark fruits on the palate are toned by a hint of oak. The subtlety of this wine allows for a lot of different food pairings: perfect for a hearty meal of roasted chicken with herbs and veggies, or a classic ravioli dish with ricotta cheese and drizzled with pasta sauce.
The style is meant to be as all encompassing as possible, allowing serious wine drinkers to indulge as well as those drinking for simpler pleasures. It is an “everyday wine” with real depth and appeal. Indeed a special wine for special occasions.
All of us here at Casemates are proud to present: QPR Select, a wine that is the best you can get (at this cost).
Being a blend of several exquisite(ly cost-effective) varieties, QPR is driven primarily by Merlot & Cabernet (and secondarily by thrift). With a nose of cherries and a palate positively bursting with blueberries, plums, and dark fruits, with just a hint of oak (and frugality) - it is simply amazing(ly impressive, if you see the price tag).
Blend: 43% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, remaining blend made up of Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Grenache
Appellation: Paso Robles
TA: 6.10 g/
Bottling Date: September 2016
Guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve
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@chipgreen I was out all evening at my acting class, and missed out on the case. Don’t know if they’ll add more, but taking no chances; I ordered 6. You can have as many as you want, up to 4. No glasses with the 6-pack, though, alas.
@chipgreen Glad to help. I’m fairly sure they’ll come up with another opportunity to offer the glasses, but the wine, usually once it’s gone, it’s gone. Meanwhile, did you see the email I sent yesterday?
Thrilled to have my first opportunity as a Labrat for Casemates coincide with the premiere of the first Casemates branded wine! I received the top-secret email yesterday with the stipulation that the information was to stay confidential. I was told that I would receive a “shiner” bottle, as this would be the first ever Casemates wine, called Casemates QPR Select. My first thought was “YES!” and my second thought was “What’s a shiner bottle?”.
FF to earlier today, when I picked up the bottle from my local Walgreens where I had it re-directed (had some Kendric Sangiovese to pick up there anyway so that worked out well). As soon as I got it home I opened the package, curious to see the label.
Oh, so that’s what a shiner bottler is. So much for possibly seeing what varieties of grapes were used or determining which winery was responsible for its actual production. Looks like I will have to do some guessing and speculating, most likely causing myself some embarrassment along the way, haha.
The wine is a translucent ruby color, bordering on light purple. The wine appears clear and free of any sediment when held to the light. It has medium spaced slow-running legs when swirled.
There is a mix of dark and red fruits on the nose. There is some blueberry and plum but also some candied cherry/strawberry. Rounded out with traces of eucalyptus, clove and vanilla oak. While there is some detectable alcohol, it does not smell “hot”.
Fruit forward with tart cherry, fresh-picked plum, strawberry and grape jelly. Some mild herbaceousness and/or funk on the midpalate with a little soy sauce and light oak. Medium body with medium+ acidity and juicy mouthfeel. Just a brief hint of spice on the finish with light but pleasant tannins.
Fruity and quaffable. This is an easy-drinking crowd-pleasing type of wine. If I had to compare it to a previous Woot Cellars wine, Phat Goose and Blitzen come to mind as being similar in style. Another wine I would compare it to is Naked Winery’s Outdoor Vino Rambling Red (in the plastic bottle).
Under-Educated Guesses and Wild Speculations
I am going with some sort of Merlot-Cab blend with lesser amounts of other reds such as Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and/or Sangiovese, etc. Or for something completely different, my second guess would be a GSM blend since it does kind of remind me of Phat Goose.
As for producer… Hahn made the Phat Goose, Ty Caton made the Blitzen… but those are my #2 and #3 guesses. I’m going with Pedroncelli because they have produced a lot of the Woot Cellars wines in the past and as we all know, “Pedroncelli is Italian for QPR”!
@chipgreen QPR=Pedroncelli was an excellent guess. Makes me wonder why they wasted this clever label on this wine, when it would have gone well with Ped. Perhaps you should be on the Casemates marketing team. Nice review. You were spot on. Now, to buy or not to buy?
Thanks - even matched the blueberry-plum nose.
If it helps your decision, I would gladly take 4 bottles and 1 wine glass since this doesn’t ship to OH (ironically). It does have the perception of some sweetness though, which might not be in your wheelhouse. Although, if you’re like me, you can always use more off-dry wines for friends and family. This clocks in just shy of off-dry IMO. Would be interested to see the RS, my guess would be about 8 g/l.
Also, agree about the missed opportunity on the Pedroncelli label. They even have their own Barrel Select, so I was pretty sure QPR Select would be a Ped wine - nothing against Broken Earth Winery, just sayin’…
Haha, no we should have snuck a glass or two from your place though as we forgot to bring Govinos and our hotel had only plastic water cups! But that’s not it, there are 3 Casemates logo wine glasses included with this offer if you buy a case.
I should probably go with Buffalo as we will be there in 5 weeks. But we still plan on visiting Chicago in September! The only thing that could complicate that is we hope to be shopping for or in the process of buying/moving into a home around that time but hard to say what the timeline will be at this point.
people were mentioning QPR Select perhaps should have been used (both in honor of, and practically,) for a Pedroncelli blend. Reasonable, though this stuff is probably awesome QPR.
You know, @WineDavid could keep QPR as a label (line, grouping), but with a different sub-designation. Rather than Select, it could be The Sleeper, or Gran Reserva. It would be a nod to how @pedroncellifam wines typically age shockingly well for such inexpensive wines.
So if @pedroncellifam made a Sangiovese led Tuscan wine meant to age beautifully, and @winddavid sold it really cheap for us, think how awesome that would be. Yes, really fancy bottle, like the current one, be Granne Résérvo, because that looks mysteriously fancy and romance-languaguey (Catalan or Glacian or something? some gypsies in Tuscany? Old Alsatian? what?). And maybe NV for convenience of blender, but a Résérvo needs a year of course, so it could be yeared as 2017ish.
We would all buy multiple cases (4 max) because of how much we trust and respect @pedroncellifam, and in a few years give them to friends and tell them what we paid, and how Pedroncelli is Italian for QPR and you should try their cab after 8 years etc., and about Casemates etc., (hint hint hint hint hint) And our friends would be like “wow, let me write that down, P…e…d…” And @winddavid loves us so much and I’m sure smells great (sucking up sucking up sucking up) and we love him and Casemates would make millions.
@foxrunner@pedroncellifam I believe I have one of each. …although I did start blasting through woot.wines last year when I realized that wine in the bottle did me absolutely no good. Wine is meant to be drunk [sic].
Opened with a friend (M) this afternoon, very strange to not have any label on the bottle!
Nice light cranberry color with a pale rim.
Nose of red candied fruit, M said strawberry chew meets cherry candy.
Palate continued with the cherry, sort of a tart Jolly Rancher vibe in a good way, good acidity. My wife said brambly huckleberries. Seems like the hint of residual sugar.
Good acidity, fine polished tannins, uncomplicated mouthfeel, light body and moderate finish.
Served at cool cellar temp, this seems like it would be best there or at a slight chill.
This is a perfect party wine. We really enjoyed it, and it would also be appreciated by non-wine drinkers. It paired well with Dubliner Irish cheddar, crackers, salumi, espresso brownies, and Toscano cherries. (We weren’t messing around!)
@klezman of course! This is a primarily Merlot-Cab blend. All of our grapes are estate grown in Paso Robles, CA. From vine to glass, we grow, produce and bottle all of our wines.
If you’re interested in learning about our terroir on the Central Coast, check out this podcast: https://pasowine.com/estrella-district/
@BrokenEarth I’ve known and tasted (and enjoyed) some of your estate wines before. I particularly recall a Petit Verdot a couple years back.
But this wine says “negotiant wine” on the front and “cellared and bottled by” on the back. That means that it wouldn’t be wrong to ask about the provenance of the grapes or whether/how much of the blend was purchased as finished or bulk wine. Compared to how much was estate wine or otherwise grown or vinted by yourselves.
@CruelMelody I’ll split. Heck, I’d take the other 8 at this price, if no one else is interested. I have a lot of chritmas/new years parties to go to… Heh. I can also order if that makes things easier. I have free shipping…
@kaolis@mjlamora A vacation hold just stops the shipment from completing its delivery until your return date. Usually it gets held at some holding facility mid-transit. There is a maximum length that you can set for a vacation hold, and you have to wait a week or two until you can do another hold. I have used it for wine in the past without problems. You could always call and double check to make sure. If you already have your fed-ex account set up to your address, then you just go to your account and put in the dates you want the hold to be active for. once that time period ends, your packages will continue on for delivery like normal.
@mjlamora@Twich22 Ah, found the vacation hold setting, it’s in my FedEx account, in the FedEx Delivery Manager section. Never knew that was an option, thanks! Another good tool to go along with hold at location.
I may have missed this… but what about RS? I’m primarily a dry reds kind of guy. I can handle a hint of sweetness, but more than a hint is too much for me. I’m struggling to come up with an example… maybe the 2011 InZinerator? I liked that a lot despite a bit of RS, but I was disappointed in the 2012 due to my perception that it was a little sweeter than the 2011. (Note: I don’t know for sure that the 2012 had more RS than the 2011, but it tasted like it did to me.)
That’s probably a bit too sweet for me then. I don’t think I’ve ever had a favorable response to a red with more than 10 g/l RS, even with pH in the 3.5 range. But thanks for getting back to me with the answer.
Seriously, is this something people do? If someone said they would split, and I pulled the trigger, I would be hell of pissed if they “reconsidered.” Thankfully, I do not deal with people who agree to split and then reconsider.
I looked up the InZinerator specs from 2011 and 2012:
0.8% RS, pH 3.5 (2011) and 3.52 (2012). I thought the sweetness was more noticeable (and less to my liking) in the 2012, and they’re basically the sweetest reds I have been able to say I enjoyed. At nearly 1.4% RS, and a similar pH, this one is definitely outside of my wheelhouse.
That said, I may end up getting a case of it because bottles would make easy gifts for many of my family and friends, who actually prefer a little sweetness.
I guessed 8 g/l, as I was assuming that the fruit forward nature of the wine gave it the perception of being sweeter than it actually was but obviously that’s not the case. I did call it “just short of off-dry” in a follow-up post. I think Scott Harvey has said that the level of perception for sweetness is right around 1% for most people so 1.3% definitely moves the needle.
I don’t recall Scott Harvey saying that (about 1% RS being the threshold for detecting sweetness), but it seems high to me. I say this for two reasons: 1) Because my experience has been different; anything over around 5 g/l (1/2%) definitely carries a hint of sweetness to me. And 2) because the acidity of the wine can affect how sweet a wine tastes. Maybe 1% RS is the threshold for most folks in a red wine at pH 3.5, but less acidic wines taste sweeter even if the RS numbers are similar.
Wow, dude. a) Mind your own business, b) I posted that long before anybody ordered anything, and c) you don’t know me, so I suppose you have no particular reason to know that I would never leave somebody in the lurch.
Yeah, that’s one way to take it. But I tend to view those notes as the character of the fruit rather than the perception of sweetness in the wine. Maybe I need to reevaluate that stance!
Yeah, the perception threshold that I’ve seen on the woot boards from multiple winemakers ranged from 0.3% to 0.6%. As a rule, I’ve not enjoyed wines with above about 0.4% RS unless they are meant to be sweet. Case in point, Inzinerator is very much not my bag, at least in the vintages where Scott added Forte. Now a Riesling with blazing acidity and RS in the 2% range is a whole different story…
Strangely, I think my tolerance for sweetness in wine is even lower in whites (perceptually, anyway, even if the numbers don’t agree). Case in point: I live only a couple hours away from the finger lakes region in NY state, and have many truly fine Rieslings to choose from, including some that fit your description of blazing acidity and ~2% RS. 2% is semi-dry to me, though it seems some winemakers won’t call a Riesling semi-dry unless it’s at or close to 3% RS. So I have to be careful.
Hermann J. Wiemer is always reliable for me though… their dry Riesling comes in at around 7 g/l and is a truly wonderful wine.
@chipgreen@moondigger Interesting. After much wine tasting in Niagara, I think of it as:
dry - no perceptible sugar
off-dry - barely perceptible sugar
off-off-dry - slightly more than barely perceptible, but not “sweet”
Everything sweeter than that I tend to think of in comparison to the Ontario standards for dessert wines: late harvest, select late harvest, special select late harvest, and icewine. Of course, perceptible sweetness and RS are not the same thing, but I’ve had wines in the 3% RS range that are still in the off-off-dry category to me. There’s also the missing gap between off-off-dry and late harvest, which might fairly be called semi-dry or semi-sweet.
@chipgreen@klezman I have to say when I hear jelly or jam in combination with a good wine for a party I start running not walking not to mention I would not subject my friends or family to that kind of wine no matter what kind of palate they have and probably because I will have to drink it too.
As I was drinking it, I was thinking how this was something I would have enjoyed more when I first got into wine and preferred a touch of sweetness and how my palate has evolved to the point that a wine like this is no longer really in my wheelhouse. Then I noticed that the bottle was empty, so I dunno… guilty pleasure?
Oh why did I friend you on Facebook!? I’m in the middle of moving and promised I would refrain from purchasing any wine until things settle down…my wife is going to be plesently surprised or pissed. I’m hoping after a glass or three she’ll get over it.
Looks like the Casemates glasses were a popular and effective perk. I loved the post about buying (3) $30 wine glasses and getting a free case of wine with them! Hope to see the glasses offered again in future Casemates wine deals…
Any chance the glasses will be offered with other sales? Bummer OH was excluded… My wife was pretty ecstatic when I told her about the glasses and the good Merlot Cab blend deal - Nope, no Ohio. What about shipping to my buddy in KY. Double Nope. What about my co worker in IN. Triple Nope.
Not suggesting this is necessarily a good solution for you but others have subscribed in order to get email notices about new offers sooner than the Casemates emails which don’t come out until 24 hrs after the deal goes live.
@dmers@Twich22 I agree, probably a marketing decision. But the fact remains, the deals come on line at precisely predictable intervals. I never wait for the email to tell me the offer is live. I just look for the new one at midnight Sunday, midnight Tuesday, and midnight Thursday. If there’s going to be a one-day thing every Friday, I suppose I’ll have to add midnight Friday.
@BrokenEarth I urge you to please do everything you can to get these delivered to the east coast on or before Friday, December 21. I know that for me and I imagine many others, delivery on the 24th will pose some problems. Thanks!
@cdgrimm I’m already planning to have FedEx hold at a location if it’s not delivered to my office by 12/21. I’m giving that a test with a shipment due to be delivered tomorrow when I’m out of the office.
@JOATMON did you (or others in this thread) order the full case or half case? I ordered the half case, hoping I’d get the glasses (I don’t know how to go back and see the post now, but I remember thinking the glasses might come with the half case) but when I go in to Tracking, I only see a single tracking # and tracked package, so I think my 6 bottles didn’t get me in with the cool kids. Thanks if you reply with any info!
Good evening everyone from California.
I just received my case along with the glasses. I had to open a bottle and give it a try. To sum it up as quickly as possible, it’s good, and I’m glad I purchased it. Thanks to everyone involved with making this happen! Cheers.
My glasses arrived yesterday in Virginia. Shipped in wine packaging pulp in a half case box they arrived fat and sassy. Stemless with the casemates logo. I didn’t measure the ounceage (scientific term) but they seem about the same as a generic “red wine” glass. Rolled lip and a bit stout. (Relative to other stemless I have.) My wife is much enamored with that sort of glass and overlooked the price even when I mentioned the case of free wine that came with them.
Received my case and glasses, so glad I bought this. Decent wine, quaffable, and a damn good steal for the price. Perfect for the casual Christmas wine drinker (like many of my family) that won’t have to uncork any of my pricier stuff this year. Thanks casemates!
My shipment arrived Thursday just in time for me to take a bottle along on Friday for a drive to my daughter’s place in Omaha. Everybody thought that the QPR was very good. Incidentally, I had put a FedEx Hold At Location for the shipment (as I always do for wine so it will be held at a local grocery store in case no one is home to accept it). The wine ended up being delivered to my home, and the glasses ended up at the grocery store (ID required to retrieve them).