The Hedonistic Taster | № 38 | Beauregard Vineyards – Ben Lomond Mountain, CA.
by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne + Champagne ML
“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer
Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, an intimate showcase of artisan winemaker trade samples. The title “Hedonistic Taster” derives from the term ‘hedonistic tasting,’ coined by legendary Burgundian vigneron Henri Jayer.
These tasting notes focus upon Burgundy, bubbles and beyond, including emerging pinot noir and bubbles producers worldwide.
Today’s Tasting: Beauregard Vineyards – Ben Lomond Mountain AVA
“Here, balance it on your finger like this,” laughs Ryan Beauregard of Beauregard Vineyards. We’re in the parking lot behind the tasting room his family’s estate located on Ben Lomand Mountain AVA in Bonny Doon, CA., and the burly, bearded fourth-generation vineyard owner and second-generation water-witcher directs me towards an underground well while balancing a home-made metal wire ‘water-witcher’ atop my index finger. I’ll be darned if the wires don’t begin to voluntarily sway as I near the well.
Ryan’s great-grandfather Amos Beauregard purchased the site back in the 1940’s, a place first planted by the Quistorf family in 1875. Today, third-generation owner Jim Beauregard, creator of Ben Lomond Mountain AVA, and his winemaking son Ryan prove a formidable team. Their 13-acre vineyard slopes southwest at elevations between 1,700-1,850 feet, falling within the fog-line of nearby Monterey Bay. These marine influences, melded with the area’s silty loam and sandy soils, deliver wines of unmistakable minerality and snappy acidity.
Ryan Beauregard eschews chemical intervention in the field and cellar, preferring wines reflective of terroir and typicity – wines anchored in place, mindful of palate, but sometimes pushing the envelope. Part alchemist, part anarchist – Ryan changes up production technique with the ease of an improv artist, shifting between French oak, concrete eggs, and copper distillers to craft his wines and spirits. These wines reflect his creativity.
Note: All wines sampled proved both collector and cellar-worthy.
Wine: Beauregard Chardonnay – Beauregard Ranch Estate Grown, Ben Lomond Mountain.
Suggested Retail: $55
Producer Specs -“Harvested on August 26, 2015. Brix at harvest: 23.5. Bottled July 2016. 138 cases produced. Estate grown, produced and bottled.”
Robe: Clear straw robe.
Nose: Yellow apple, pear, hints of fleurs blanches.
Wine: Beauregard Coast Grade Vineyard Estate Grown Pinot Noir, Ben Lomond Mountain
Suggested Retail: $60 – 309 cases made.
Robe: Dark ruby robe; discrete garnet rim.
Nose: Red fruit aromas cherry, strawberry, with a herbaceous backnote.
Palate: Medium body, elegantly balanced acids and tannins, thoughtful finish. Dark cherry, raspberry, sous bois bouche. Old world soul.
Wine: Beauregard Brut Nature Rosé
Suggested Retail: $80 – 3,400 bottles made.
Robe: Dusty rose petal robe, nuclear core.
Nose: Notes of brioche, toast, marzipan.
Palate: Creamy mousse. Rhubarb, golden apple bouche; bracing mineral core. Delightfully dry. Must-have unicorn wine with attitude worthy of a notable celebration.
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