2015 Chardonnay Beauregard Ranch
Ben Lomond Mountain
Tastings Notes by consulting Master Sommelier Ian Cauble: The Beauregard Ranch is a gorgeous vineyard site located less than a mile east of the Beauregard winery which is owned by Ryan’s father, Jim Beauregard. Many of the previous vintages of Chardonnay from this site are much more typical of California Chardonnay which were made in a full bodied style, often with tropical aromatics, but starting with the 2014 vintage owner/winemaker Ryan Beauregard has started harvesting earlier making wines which are a touch brighter, more mineral driven, and French (White Burgundy) in style. The 2015 Beauregard Ranch Chardonnay has a light golden yellow core with a touch of green on the rim which will get a richer golden color with time in the bottle. The aromas on the nose show delicate notes of white flowers, yellow apples, unripe asian pear, yellow melon peel, lemon curd and crushed stones. The palate is medium in body with fresh flavors of lemon peel, kaffir lime, green apple, lees with a slight hint of oak spice in the background. This is a young wine now on release and I believe this wine needs time in the cellar, similar to if you bought a young white wine from Burgundy. Waiting 2-3 more years is highly recommended for this wine to really hit the beginning of its potential which should easily last 15+ years. Drinking it now would give you only a fraction of what it will in the future, so please be patient if you have the will power! Along with the 2015 Bald Mountain, this is the one of the most age worthy examples of Chardonnay I have tasted from Beauregard. If consuming this wine in its youth, please decant for at least an hour and serve at about cellar temperature (55F) in a large Burgundy stem, please not too cold or the wine’s character will be muted. (Drink 2018-2030 - Burgundy Stems)
The Beauregard Ranch 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.
Although the 2015 growing season was a difficult one, the quality of our Chardonnays from that vintage is outstanding. After pressing we let the native fermentation take off naturally in a stainless steel tank, then racked the wine into neutral French Oak barrels to complete fermentation. The wine spent 11 months in neutral oak, and a mere 6 barrels were produced.