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Beauregard Vineyards’ Superb, Rich Pinot Noir 2017

The 2017 Coast Grade Vineyard Pinot Noir is a ruby-red mouthful

The 2017 Coast Grade Vineyard Pinot Noir from Beauregard Vineyards is expected to peak between 2023 and 2025. PHOTO: JOHN KAEMMERLING

Beauregard Vineyards is one of the better-known wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains. And that’s because the wines speak for themselves. They are outstanding, unique, and made with extreme care by owner and winemaker Ryan Beauregard.

What wine drinker worth their salt doesn’t appreciate a superb Pinot Noir? And winemaker Ryan has got one for you! His 2017 Coast Grade Vineyard Pinot Noir ($60) is a gorgeous ruby-red mouthful of rich flavors—strawberry, ripe black cherry, pine resin, forest floor, vanilla bean, and oak spices. Coast Grade Vineyard is farmed and owned by Ryan’s father, Jim Beauregard, who also owns the reputable Shopper’s Corner grocery store.

“The nose has aromas of preserved black cherry, ripe strawberry, pine forest, wild herbs, and various exotic oak spices which will integrate more with bottle age,” says Beauregard on his tasting notes. He anticipates that this wine will peak between 2023 and 2025, but even longer if kept in a cold, dark place.

Sorry that I didn’t wait a couple of years to drink it at its peak!

Beauregard Vineyards Winery and Tasting Room, 10 Pine Flat Road, Santa Cruz. 831-425-7777, beauregardvineyards.com.

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