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Ben Lomond Mountain
September 12, 2012
50% New American Oak
In the nose: slate, dried leaves, tobacco, tea, fog
In the palate: wet rock, cranberry, rhubarb, fig
In the finish: orange peal, vanilla, followed by burnt sugar
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.
264 cases were produced. Harvested on September 12th, 2012 at 22.5 brix and a pH of 3.67. The grapes were fermented on native yeasts and 50% new American oak. The wine was bottled September 2013.