Beran California Zinfandel 2012 is a true representation of what Zinfandel can offer with the ripeness of the warmer regions and brightness from the 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.
After a dry winter, the northern wine growing regions of California 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 gentle vintage gave the fruit long hang-time ideal for acid and sugar balance along with complexity of flavors. Smoky cedar, vanillin and sweet tobacco flavors blend harmoniously with cassis, cranberry, and cooked dark fruits like warm blackberry pie. Very soft refined tannins are balanced by a fresh acidity.