Bald Mountain Vineyard, located in Bonny Doon, is owned and farmed by Jim Beauregard. Planted in 1990, the 40 acre vineyard sits at an elevation of 920 to 1050 feet on a southwest facing slope. Monterey Bay marine influences combine with the rare white sandy Zayante soil to produces wines with minerality and striking acidity. Plantings: 33 acres Chardonnay Clone 4.
First and foremost is my favorite wine that we make, Chardonnay Bald Mountain Vineyard ‘Sand Hill’ 2016. This wine comes from a specific small spot on the 32 acre vineyard. What I do is pick enough grapes to fill only two French oak puncheons (the big barrels). Only 1,000 Liters are separated from what I consider to be the best of the best from this prestigious vineyard. The grapes are gently whole cluster pressed with a minimal extraction and chilled to separate the solids (kinda like your orange juice in the fridge). The juice is separated from the ‘pulp’ (gross lees in winemaking language) and moved into the puncheons for fermentation where the temperature can come up to cellar temperature slowly over the course of a week where I hope (but it always does) fermentation will start (naturally, and without yeast). The wine finishes fermentation in around 3 weeks and then sits on the lees (dead yeast cells) for 10 months before bottling. I designed this wine to be age worthy for 25 years, however it is off the charts amazing now.