2018 Beauregard Ranch Estate Zinfandel, Ben Lomond Mtn., Santa Cruz Mountians   

The Beauregard, Zinfandel has a dark ruby red/ garnet core with a hint of bright pink on the rim. The nose enthralls the senses with aromas of ripe berries, including dried strawberry, red cherry, and wild raspberry over soft, wet rose petals, forest floor, white pepper, wild herbs, white tea, sandalwood and crushed exotic spices. The palpable energy and thriving aromatic life motivate sip after satisfying sip. The rich palate boasts incredibly soft tannins and luscious wild berry fruit layers into wild herbs, fresh flowers, and earthy dried clay and intense exotic spices on the finish from the 50% New Oak used. Service temperature is key for the aromas to be in balance, ideally a touch above cellar temp, 55-65F is ideal in my opinion. Served too warm the alcoholic aromas will dominate. If you don’t have a wine cellar, and wine is sitting at room temp (~72-78F), please put the wine in the freezer for exactly 8 minutes before briefly decanting for 30 minutes, the wine will then slowly warm in the glass to perfection during the meal. (Drink now-2025) - Tasting Notes by consulting Master Sommelier Ian Cauble