2016 Chardonnay Beauregard Ranch
Ben Lomond Mountain
20% New French Oak
The aromas on the nose show delicate notes of white flowers, yellow apples, asian pear 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 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. 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.