Beekeeper Cellars, Zinfandel, Montecillo Vineyard, Sonoma Valley 2016 - New Release
2016 is the vintage we have been waiting for - New Release
Montecillo (meaning "High up the Hill, close to Heaven") Planted in 1984, owned by Michael Lee and Family. This is a very special 4-acre Zinfandel site near the top of the Moon Mountain Appellation, close to the Napa Valley boarder in Sonoma Valley.
The new release unites a sensational 2016 vintage with our continuous work to improve. In 2016, we introduce a higher quality T4 barrel program, to enhance our wood aging; Four-year dry aged wood from Taransaud, France. The subtle nuance adds quality marks that will be exciting to watch elevate our wine.
Our style is distinctly Beekeeper
Our style is distinctly Beekeeper, our style is different; we use no raisin, naturally restraining alcohol (14.5%) and use high-quality hillside fruit with massive features. We embrace tannins and structure; we guide the style with time (15-18 months), elevated wood aging, and blend our press fractions with small amounts of ink grade Petite Sirah beginning balance, even finesse inside the massive frame. We wait until the Beekeeper style is achieved to bottle… and then we age in the bottle for about 1-year. We pay more for our Zinfandel fruit than most $100 cabernet producers … we take extensive steps towards capturing the spirit of the vineyard, allowing you to smell the stone, the underbrush, the plum skin, the fresh cracked pepper, and other characteristics indicative of a great hillside Zinfandel.
Beekeeper is about quality efforts, making tough choices and a quality journey; we hope you will share our efforts with your best friends over a great meal… and celebrating the moments that matter most with great wine.
Grape: 95% Zinfandel & 5% Petite Sirah
Vineyard: Montecillo Vineyard, 1500 feet in elevation
Sustainable: Certified CCSW
Appellation: Sonoma Valley (high altitude)
Vintage: 2016 - Bottled December 13th, 2017
Winemakers: Clay Mauritson, Ian Blackburn &
Aged: 15 months in 100% French Oak (25% new)
Production: 250 Cases
Not available in retail stores (allocation period October 1 - October 21 Only)
Click here to secure an allocation - we ship in November
Will drink well on release but greatly improve over the coming 12 months and continue to reward patience... ideal drinking window is 2020-2026
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