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.
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 northern Napa Valley just south of Calistoga. The devotion to farming this historic vineyard gem is rewarded year after year with expressive and richly flavored grapes.
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.