Our pet project, Beauzeaux (pronounced: BOZO), began as a serendipitous blend that garnered a whimsical name from our passionate Beaulieu winemakers. The wine incorporates some of the team’s favorite varietals like Charbono, Petite Sirah and Touriga Nacional. These are varietals with deep history but are rarely planted and not easily found in today’s Napa Valley. In addition to these unexpected varieties, Zinfandel which gives the wine its core of spicy, boysenberry expression and Petite Sirah which adds deep color and layers of complex aromas and flavors are also included in the final blend.
A winemaking pet project over the years, Beauzeaux (pronounced: BOZO), began as a fun red blend that garnered a whimsical name from our winemakers. The wine incorporates some of the team’s favorite varietals like Petite Sirah, Charbono, and Touriga Nacional. These are varietals with deep history but are rarely planted and not easily found in today’s Napa Valley and contribute ripe, red berry fruit notes to the wine. In addition to these unexpected varieties, Zinfandel gives the wine a subtle spice and boysenberry expression and Petite Sirah adds deep color and layers of complex aromas and flavors are also included in the final blend. The vibrant, beautiful big red berry fruit nose leaps from the glass and is the not-so-subtle reason for the playful name. The wine has a lush, rich texture with soft tannins and the overall velvety nature makes it a crowd favorite. It’s easy-drinking will pair perfectly with pizza, pastas and grilled dishes.
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.
The interesting varietals in this wine come from grapes grown in the historic Beaulieu Vineyard Ranch 12 and Beaulieu Vineyard Ranch 11 vineyards. BV Ranch 12, located in Calistoga, experiences dramatic diurnal temperature swings with hot days and very cool evening. There is a wide range of soil types in this vineyard and its home to Beaulieu’s most diverse set of vine plantings including Touriga Nacional, Tempranillo, Charbono, Marsanne and many more. The Beaulieu Vineyard Ranch No. 11 vineyard is located in St Helena. The devotion to farming this historic vineyard gem is rewarded year after year with expressive and richly flavored grapes.
After harvesting, the grapes were immediately brought across the street into the winery. The grapes were destemmed and crushed and cold soaked for 2 to 4 days to gently ease color and flavor. During the 10 to 12-day fermentation, timely pump-overs kept the skins in contact with the juice for excellent flavor and tannin extraction. Each varietal is vinified and aged separately until final blending. The wine spent 17 months in 30% new French oak barrels - giving the final blend softened tannins and toasty barrel notes.
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.
|Oak Treatment||17 months in 30% new French oak barrels|
|Blend||45% Petite Sirah, 31% Charbono, 18% Touriga Nacional, 4% Zinfandel, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Case Production||491 cases|