The State of Zinfandel
Beran – The Bear – is forever a figure of strength and head-strong drive. With the same power and conviction our Zinfandels are grown and crafted without compromise.
For Beran (pronounced ‘baron’), we rely on new vineyards along with old-vine plantings. 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 and 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’ vineyards are certified sustainable or certified organic.
SONOMA COUNTY ZINFANDEL
Beran Sonoma County Zinfandel is the most recent addition to the Beran portfolio. It shows all the classic characters that Dry Creek Valley, Rockpile, Russian and Alexander Valley Zinfandels are known for.
Aromas of just-baked blueberry pie, raspberry, and dark chocolate with hints of vanillin oak lead to a palate that is rich and yet also elegant. This wine has beautiful red and black berry fruit flavors, with hints of cloves and pepper with a long finish.
NAPA VALLEY ZINFANDEL
Beran Napa Valley Zinfandel is the big brother to Beran Sonoma and California Zinfandels, showing the same rich ripe fruit characters with slightly more complexity and structure.
Aromas of black cherry, sweet pipe tobacco and dark chocolate with hints of black pepper spice and cedar. Its palate is 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. Perfectly balanced with fine-grained tannins, richness and weight, and great persistence with a slight dustiness on the finish.