Beran Zinfandel Napa Valley 2012

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Beran Zinfandel Napa Valley 2012

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Winemaker Notes: Beran Napa Zinfandel 2012 is the big brother to Beran California Zinfandel, showing the same rich ripe fruit characters with slightly more complexity and structure. We created a full-bodied, complex and beautifully structured Zinfandel by picking the grapes at optimal ripeness, then following that with extended fruit maceration of up to 30 days. The wine rested for 12 months in a combination of American and French oak before bottling. We blended in some Petite Sirah — another grape of historical significance for California. When vines were first planted in the state, Petite Sirah (along with Carignane) was often planted with Zinfandel in fields of mixed blacks that were harvested and then vinified together. This further adds to the complex layers of flavor found in this rich, ripe and beautifully balanced wine.

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Sourcing Philosophy In making Beran Napa Zinfandel, we had the pleasure to work with some of the region’s most noteworthy Zinfandel vineyards. From vines planted high on Atlas Peak to gravelly-soil vineyards in eastern Calistoga on the valley floor, each site we worked with had an impact on the blend. We also were thrilled to include some Petite Sirah fruit from old-vine plantings.

2012 Vintage After a dry winter, Napa County experienced some good rainfall in March, followed by a warm, yet not overly hot, summer. In general, 2012 offered a mildly warm growing season with the only heat spike being a two-day occurrence close to harvest. This gen