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Santa Cruz Mountains
The aromas on the nose show delicate notes of lemon peel, pineapple, scorched citrus and a touch of apple. The palate is crisp and tangy citrus and then comes broader tastes of toast and crème fraiche, with pineapple flavor throughout. A marzipan warmth pops out on the finish. 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 2020 -2025)
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 1945 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.
The grapes were hand harvested, stemmed, and crushed. Native yeast fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks. The wine was put into the finest French Oak we have in our cellar with about 20% new barrels and aged for 18 months.
The 2019 season had a cool wet spring and a cooler growing season that let the grapes mature gradually giving this vintage superb full flavors, fresh acidity, and excellent balance.