2021 Chardonnay Beauregard Ranch
Ben Lomond Mountain
20% New French Oak
The 2021 vintage was one of the best in recent memory. The weather was excellent during the growing season with mild temperatures throughout most of the year. 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.
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.