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We Speak Wine USD 17.99 750ml

Beran Zinfandel California 2015

Member Review by sbr1105:

Red lovers heaven. I love Zinfandel and this one is so full of spice, fruit and earthiness you must try it. It speaks BBQ.

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Beran Vineyards:
Our original plan was to establish a winery as soon as the vineyard was comfortably producing, but it wasn't until 1997 that we finally decided to take the leap. Through the years we sold our grapes to a nearby winery and made one or two barrels each year for our family (primarily Pinot Noir). The quality of those wines convinced us we had a unique site that was producing outstanding fruit. Th... Read more
Our original plan was to establish a winery as soon as the vineyard was comfortably producing, but it wasn't until 1997 that we finally decided to take the leap. Through the years we sold our grapes to a nearby winery and made one or two barrels each year for our family (primarily Pinot Noir). The quality of those wines convinced us we had a unique site that was producing outstanding fruit. The building was designed to produce only premium Pinot Noir at no more than 1000 cases per year. The necessary equipment and facilities have been put in place so... Read less

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Vintage: 2012 03/14/2017

Red lovers heaven. I love Zinfandel and this one is so full of spice, fruit and earthiness you must try it. It speaks BBQ.


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Source: We Speak Wine
07/17/2018

Notes: A true representation of what Zinfandel can offer when you combine the ripeness of warmer regions with the brightness from cooler regions. A flavor-packed, easy-drinking Zin with a soft supple mouthfeel and balanced acidity. For Beran California Zin we source from heritage old vine plantings with a few younger up-and-coming vineyards from within Sonoma County, Napa Valley, Mendocino County and Amador County. Color: Dark red with a black core and deep purple hues. Aromatics: Sweet cedar, cassis, red berry preserves, mocha and sweet tobacco. Palate: Dried cranberry, ripe red berries, warm cherry pie and caramel apple flavors are complexed with hints of sweet tobacco and spice. Structure: Soft and rich with a fresh acidity and fine-grained tannins on the long finish.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 06/02/2017

Sourcing Philosophy: For Beran, we rely on heritage old-vine Zinfandel along with a few younger, up-and-coming vineyards. We are honored to work with some of the most renowned Zin growers in Sonoma County, Napa Valley, Mendocino County, the desolate Sierra foothills of Amador County along with a handful of other notable regions. Many of our growers have been farming Zinfandel for generations. For instance, the Saini family of Dry Creek Valley has tended Zin since 1917 and the Foppianos even longer—since 1896. On the new side is the dramatic Shannon Ridge Home Ranch in Lake County where a 15-year-old vineyard has been planted at elevations of 2,100 to 2,500 feet in lean, rocky and volcanic soil. Many of our growers dry-farm their vineyards and with great pride, they employ sustainable and organic viticultural practices. 2014 Vintage: We regard the 2014 vintage in California as one of the best in decades. Veraison started early and finished quickly. We then enjoyed consistently warmer day and nighttime temperatures, along with lots of sunshine, leading to harvest starting nearly four weeks early in most of the vineyards from which we sourced Beran fruit. These growing conditions, along with the drought which kept the crop yield low, resulted in Zinfandel of exceptional quality that expresses itself in rich, extracted color and intense flavors. Winemaker’s Notes: Beran California is an authentic Zin, with the ripe characteristics of warmer vineyards balanced with the brightness from cooler regions. We pick the grapes for this wine at ideal ripeness, then extend fruit maceration for up to 30 days before letting the wine rest for 12 months in a combination of American and French oak. What we get is a flavor-packed, easy-to-drink Zin with a soft, supple mouthfeel and balanced acidity. Zinfandel is one of the most expressive and distinctive grape varieties and when made well should continue to evolve and improve in the bottle. TASTING NOTES: Color: Vibrant ruby red with a dark core and deep purple hues. Aromatics: Sweet tobacco, blackcurrant, raspberry jam, cocoa powder and cigar box. Palate: Flavors of cherry, cranberry, raspberry tart and blackberry compote highlighted by notes of sweet cedar and baking spices. Structure: Opulent and satisfying, this medium-weight wine is balanced with bright acidity, integrated tannins and a lingering finish. Food Pairings: Grilled lamb or beef burgers, lasagna and other baked pasta dishes with red sauce, dried jack cheese, or aged gruyère.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 01/12/2017

Sourcing Philosophy: For Beran, we rely on heritage old vine zinfandel plantings, interlaced with a few young up-and-coming vineyards. We are honored to work with some of the most world renowned multi-generation Zin growers in Sonoma County, Napa Valley, Mendocino County, the desolate Sierra foothills of Amador County along with a handful of other notable Zin regions. For instance, the Saini family has been growing Zinfandel in the Dry Creek Valley since 1917, and the Foppianos have been Sonoma County growers since 1896. On the new side is the dramatic Shannon Ridge Home Ranch in Lake County where a 15-year-old vineyard has been planted at elevations of 2,100 to 2,500 feet in lean, rocky and volcanic soil. Many of our growers” dry farm their vineyards and pridefully incorporate sustainable and organic cultural practices. 2013 Vintage: It was a long and moderate growing season with no heat spikes or heavy rains, giving us perfect conditions to produce flavorful, well-developed and plentiful fruit. This gentle vintage gave the fruit long hang-time for ideal acid and sugar balance along with complexity of flavors. Winemaker’s Notes: Beran California Zinfandel is a true representation of what Zinfandel can offer with the ripeness of the warmer regions and brightness from cooler regions. Grapes picked at optimum ripeness combined with extended fruit maceration over 30 days at times then laid to rest for 12 months in a combination of American and French oak has created a flavor-packed, easy-drinking zin with a soft, supple mouthfeel and balanced acidity. Zinfandel is one of the most expressive and distinctive grape varieties and when made well should continue to evolve and improve in the bottle. TASTING NOTES: Color: Dark red with a black core and deep purple hues. Aromatics: Sweet cedar, cassis, red berry preserves, mocha, and sweet tobacco. Palate: Flavors of dried cranberry, ripe red berries, warm cherry pie and caramel apple are complexed with hints of sweet tobacco and spice. Structure: Soft and rich with a fresh acidity and fine-grain tannins on the long finish.



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