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Ben Lomond Mountain
The 2013 Beauregard Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon has a highly concentrated dark garnet red center moving to a garnet / slight purplish rim. The aromas are ripe yet have an old world flare akin to a modern classified red wine from Bordeaux. The nose displays notes of ripe black currants, black plum, cassis, leather, red tobacco, cedar, wet rocks, toasted oak and delicate oak spices. The palate is full bodied and multi-layered with a beautiful harmony between ripe fruit, oak, and earth flavors which reflect the nose. This wine is still in its youth and based on my experience drinking older Beauregard Cabernets, please try to wait as long as you can to enjoy this wine. I highly advise waiting until the wine has 7-8 years of bottle age to really discover the true beauty these wines have the ability to show. The fruit will eventually integrate, the savory notes will emerge, and the wine will slowly change and show a personality similar to top Bordeaux with a touch more flesh and texture on the palate. Only time will allow this, so be patient. I anticipate the greatest years this wine will see will be 2020-2030 or beyond if kept perfectly. To enjoy, ideally decant for 1 hour and serve in large Bordeaux stems at about 60-65F. Again, temperature is key to the wine showing balance.
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.
Vinification happened in small 1.5 ton fermenters with 21 days skin contact. The wine was then aged in the finest French Oak barrels on the market for 32 months. After being bottled, it sat for 6 months in bottles before its big debut. I expect great things from this wine. This wine will age for 40 years. It is very limited production so you may want to invest in some for long term cellaring.