VOLUME 10, ISSUE 25
February 5, 2016
Owner and winemaker Ryan Beauregard is a fourth-generation winegrower in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He founded his winery in 2000 at the tender age of 25. Today the winery farms 105 acres, the largest holding in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Production is 5,000 cases, all of which is estate grown.
The history of the winery goes back to 1945 when Amos Beauregard bought 13 acres of vines from the Questof family who originally planted the vineyard in 1880, and farmed the vineyard for many years. It is now planted with Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Chardonnay vines and newly named Beauregard Ranch. Amos' son, Emmit (Bud) Beauregard, founder of Shopper's Corner Grocery Story in Santa Cruz, farmed the family land for a lifetime while running the family store. Bud's son, Jim Beauregard, planted hundreds of acres throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains and from 1976 to 1984 was a partner in the famed Felton Empire Winery. Today, he maintains all 105 vineyard acres (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon) with son Ryan.
Ryan Beauregard created his first wines for Beauregard Vineyards from the 2000 vintage. He developed a love for winegrowing at a young age. Growing up on the Beauregard Ranch, he played among the vines as a child. Ryan avoids chemical manipulation of his wines, using native yeasts, aging his wines on their lees, and using a minimal percentage of new oak barrels.
A tasting room is located in an historic building at 10 Pine Flat Road in the Ben Lomond Mountain region of the Santa Cruz Mountains that was the previous home of Bonny Doon Vineyard for 25 years. The Beauregard family bought the location in 2008. The tasting room is a 15-minute drive north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. open daily (closed Tuesdays from November to April). 831-425-7777
Articles About Beauregard Vineyards
2012 Beauregard Coast Grade Vineyard ‘828’ Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
120 cases, $60. Vineyard is located in Bonny Doon (Ben Lomond subregion) and is owned and farmed by Jim Beauregard. This 17-acre vineyard was planted in 2008 at 1,238’ to 1,350’ elevation and is heavily influenced by nearby Monterey Bay. 50% whole cluster. Aged in 50% new American oak. It’s rare if ever you meet a Pinot Noir aged in a significant amount of American Oak, much less one made with a single ‘828’ clone. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. A pleasant surprise with aromas and flavors of fresh blackberry, cassis and pomegranate. Discreetly concentrated with a likable touch of whole cluster spice complimenting the fruit. A saline-driven minerality plays in the background. Score: 92-94. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »
2007 Beauregard Beauregard Ranch Vineyard Estate Grown Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., 75 cases, Unreleased. Aged 27 months in French and American oak barrels. · Very shy, perfumed nose featuring dark fruits, forest floor, spice and cut flowers. Discreetly composed core of black cherry and berry fruit flavors with impeccable integration of oak. Well muscled and structured with fine grain tannins and a welcoming grip of acidity. Still a young and unevolved wine that has great potential. Very good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »
2007 Beauregard Estate Grown Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
15.0% alc., 400 cases, $35. Aged 27 months in French and American oak barrels. From a family winery that has been farming vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains since 1949. Beauregard now farms over 100 acres. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherries, raspberries, cassis, spice, and barbecue. Tasty juice with moderately intense flavors of dark cherries, berries and pomegranates with a hint of earthiness. Soft in the mouth with enough tannin and acidity to balance the alcohol. A husky wine that shows some charm. Good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »
2007 Beauregard Bald Mountain Vineyard Estate Grown Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
14.8% alc., 220 cases, $45. Aged 27 months in French and American oak barrels. · Moderately deep reddish-purple color in the glass. Darkly fruited on the nose and palate with some toasty oak in the background. Added notes of dark rose petals on the nose add interest. Restrained tannins and a pleasing core of fruit that has some persistence on the finish. An herbal oak flavor detracts. Good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »
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