93 points WE: "Austin Hope’s new red blend sports compelling packaging and tasty insides, starting with rich aromas of caramel, fudge, cassis, coffee and turned loam. The palate follows through with milk-chocolate and black-cherry flavors, framed by chalky tannins and enhanced with a minty lift."
Quest is a new wine that aims to express the increasingly recognized potential and excitement of Paso Robles. It is a Cabernet-based blend that showcases the luscious softness and depth produced in our mountainous, oak-studded, maritime-influenced home. Cabernet thrives in Paso’s semi-arid, rocky soils, and this wine is fruit-forward, with a toasty vanilla finish and grippy tannins. Quest has been aged in American oak barrels, yet displays an inherent softness. It reflects the region’s richly diverse terrain, where hidden pockets of exceptional vineyards account for its unique character. Our own quest to explore Paso Robles began in 1978. Chuck Hope brought his family to the area to embark on a new adventure in the early days of the California wine industry. Following his dream of planting grape vines, he became one of the region’s largest growers of Cabernet Sauvignon. He also worked to put Paso on the map – literally – playing a key role in the establishment of the Paso Robles AVA in 1983. Chuck’s son, Austin, followed in his father’s footsteps, pursuing a life in the wine business and leading the family’s transition from growing grapes to making wine. The ethos of winemaking across all the family’s offerings is to embrace the unique natural gifts of Paso Robles, making the most of its varied landscape and soils. Other wines include Treana, Liberty School, and Troublemaker – in addition, the first vintage of Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon was released in 2017, produced from a wide range of Paso sub-regions that each lend it a different dimension. Whatever the wine, the vision is always the same: to live up to all that Paso has to offer and inspire people to be as excited about the region as the Hopes have always been.