2014 Zinfandel Beauregard Ranch
Ben Lomond Mountain
20% new American oak barrels
The Beauregard Zinfandel has a dark ruby red/ garnet core.The nose enthralls the senses with aromas of ripe berries, including cherry, wild raspberry and floral aromas of rose petals and the first floor. The 2014 is one of the boldest Zinfandels from Beauregard to date. The palpable energy and thriving aromatic life motivate sip after satisfying sip. The rich palate boasts incredibly soft tannins and luscious wild berry fruit layers into wild herbs, fresh flowers, and an earthy finis Service temperature is key for the aromas to be in balance, ideally a touch above cellar temp, 55-65F is ideal in my opinion. Served too warm the alcoholic aromas will dominate. If you don’t have a wine cellar, and wine is sitting at room temp (~72-78F), please put the wine in the freezer for exactly 8 minutes before briefly decanting for 30 minutes, the wine will then slowly warm in the glass to perfection during the meal. (Drink now-2025)
This vineyard site was part of an original 160 acre vineyard and apple orchard planted in the early 1900’s. The vineyard was abandoned during prohibition and then resurrected in 1949 when retired Sherrif’s deputy Amos Beauregard purchased the property. It sits at an elevation of 1700 to 1850 feet on a southwest facing slope. Monterey Bay marine influences combine with sandy loam soil to produce wines with minerality and striking acidity. Plantings: Four acres Pinot Noir, clones: Pommard, 667 & 115. One acre Chardonnay, clone 4. Three acres Zinfandel, clone Primitivo. Four acres Cabernet Sauvignon, Dijon clone.