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Santa Cruz Mountains
I will start by saying the skin contact Pinot Gris Beauregard produces is one of my favorite wines to consume of the entire lineup. This is without a doubt something incredibly unique on the market made by leaving the skins on the Pinot Gris grapes and making it similar to a red wine would be made, the finished wine has salmon pink/orange light color depending on the vintage. The 2014 looks like a dark rose with a concentrated dark pink core with light rose pink edges. The nose shows a touch more ripe fruit than previous vintages, with aromas of goji berries, dried cherry, cut melon, orange pith, lees, wet flowers and wet rocks. The palate is refreshing like provence rose would be with a touch more fruit and richness to the palate with structure similar to a light red wine with melon rind, tea leaf, orange pith and various wild berries making an appearance. This wine is best consumed young, ideally by the end of 2016. Please serve chilled, served directly from the refrigerator, roughly 45F, our of a large Burgundy or Bordeaux stem. This is a wine to have 3+ bottles cold when friends come by because it is simply delicious.