The wine has a highly concentrated garnet red center moving to a light garnet/ slight purplish rim. The aromas are ripe, yet balanced, showing notes of red and black currants, black plum, black cherry, leather, cedar, wet rocks, sandalwood and fresh vanilla bean. The palate is full bodied and multi-layered with a perfect harmony between ripe fruit, oak and earth. This wine is still in its youth and will be best if left to rest for 2-3 years before drinking, although those of you who enjoy ripe and primary fruit will be blown away. I recommend decanting this wine for 1 hour or more and serving it at about 60-65 degrees out of a large Bordeaux stem. This is a wine that will be best with a great meal which needs something like a Rib Eye with some nice marbling.
What is a Meritage?
Meritage is a term used to describe Bordeaux-style red and white wines made by members of the Meritage Alliance. The wines must be made from at least two of the permitted grape varieties in the red or white wine categories, with no single variety making up more than 90 percent of the final blend. Red Meritage is by far the more common of the two styles and is typically based around Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
In 1945, retired Sheriff Deputy Amos Beauregard bought 157 acres which included 13 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and an old grape known as Charbono from Quistorf who originally planted the vineyard circa 1880. Amos farmed the land at the newly named Beauregard Ranch until his final days. Amos' son Emmit (Bud) Beauregard, founder of Shopper's Corner Grocery Store in Santa Cruz, farmed the family land for a lifetime while running Shopper’s. Bud's son Jim Beauregard took to farming at a very young age with his grandfather Amos. In 1982 Jim worked rigorously to establish the Ben Lomond Mountain AVA, a distinctively different terroir than the rest of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Over the years, Jim has planted hundreds of acres of vines throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains and still maintains his 68 acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Jim's son Ryan Beauregard is the current winemaker for Beauregard Vineyards and created his first vintage in 2000. His wife Rachel works in the business and they live with their two young daughters on site.