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2017 Beaulieu Vineyard Ranch No. 11 Maestro Napa Valley Zinfandel

2017 Beaulieu Vineyard Ranch No. 11 Maestro Napa Valley Zinfandel

Beaulieu Vineyard

2017 Beaulieu Vineyard Ranch No. 11 Maestro Napa Valley Zinfandel

Description

Description

Our single vineyard Zinfandel is sourced from old vines in Beaulieu Vineyard Ranch No. 11 in St. Helena in northern Napa Valley. Planted in 1968, the head-trained vines in this nine-acre section of old Zinfandel in the Ranch No. 11 Vineyard, yield extraordinarily concentrated, spicy wine. Beaulieu Vineyard Ranch No. 11 is located in northern Napa Valley just south of Calistoga. The half-century old Zinfandel vines have not been replanted and are not protected from viruses and phylloxera so the utmost care and attention is taken when farming this historic vineyard gem. Devotion to the vineyard is rewarded year after year with expressive and richly flavored grapes.

Wine & Vintage Details

Tasting Note

The 2017 Ranch No. 11 Zinfandel shows vibrant aromas of briary blackberry, black cherry and ripe plum, alongside spiced notes of black pepper, clove, cedar and allspice. This well-balanced Zin shows concentrated flavors of dark bramble berry with layers of black tea tannins supporting the firm yet approachable structure of the overall wine. Perfectly in balance, with bright acidity, the wine finishes with a velvety texture that coats the palate leaving a lifted, lasting, flavorful impression.

Vintage Note

The 2017 vintage in the Napa Valley was smaller yielding but high in quality. The region enjoyed much needed rain during the winter months ending the drought. A short period of warmer than usual temperatures during Labor Day weekend accelerated harvest for early grapes varieties resulting in an intense and, at times, unpredictable harvest. Though yields were lower than usual, the wines show exceptional flavor intensity.

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Saint Helena AVA

Saint Helena

Vineyard

Planted in 1968, the head-trained vines in this nine-acre section of old Zinfandel in Ranch No. 11 yield extraordinarily concentrated, spicy wine. Beaulieu Vineyard Ranch No. 11 is located in northern Napa Valley just south of Calistoga. The half-century old Zinfandel vines have not been replanted and are not protected from viruses and phylloxera, so the utmost care and attention is taken when farming this historic vineyard gem. Devotion to the vineyard is rewarded year after year with expressive and richly-flavored grapes.

Winemaking

To develop this wine’s complex fruit expression, we first cold-soaked the destemmed grapes for gentle flavor extraction. During fermentation, regular pumpovers incorporate the flavor-rich skins into the juice. Malolactic fermentation, which naturally changes the malic acid into softer lactic acid, rounds the flavors. The wine is barrel aged in French and American oak (40% new) for 16 months.

Trevor Durling - Winemaker

Beaulieu Vineyard Winemaker Trevor Durling, presides as only the fifth winemaker in the winery’s 119-year history. A native Californian, Trevor was raised in Sonoma County, the heart of Northern California’s wine country. With a love of agriculture, science and cuisine, Trevor pursued his studies at the University of California Davis in the Viticulture and Enology program. As winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyard, Trevor incorporates his passion for creating fine wines, while preserving the heritage and legacy of Beaulieu Vineyard.

Winemaker Trevor Durling

Alcohol % 14.9%
Enclosure Type Cork
Oak Treatment French and American oak (40% new) for 16 months
pH 3.71
Blend 95% Zinfandel, 5% Tempranillo
Case Production 203

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