Beran Napa Valley Zinfandel 2012
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.
Color: Bright, vibrant purple with a deep black core.
Aromatics: Black cherry, sweet pipe tobacco and dark chocolate with hints of black pepper spice and cedar.
Palate: Rich and mouth-filling with ripe flavors of cherry and dark chocolate with coffee, coconut and a slight dustiness of fine-grained tannins on the persistent finish.
Structure: Acidity and tannin are in perfect balance with fine-grained tannins, richness and weight, and great persistence with a slight dustiness on the finish.
Beran Napa Zinfandel is a great food wine that pairs perfectly with a big steak, roast lamb, pork short-ribs, pâté or stinky cheese.