Vineyard: Bald Mountain

Bald Mountain
OwnerJames Beauregard
AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains
StoryOne of four vineyards in this sub-appellation.
Acres9 (Pinot Noir), 38 (Chardonnay)
LocationBen Lomond sub-appellation of Santa Cruz Mountains.
AspectSits on a sandstone bench just above the fog bank that blankets the area during the summer.
VarietiesChardonnay, Pinot Noir
Clones777, Mt. Eden (UCD 37), Pommard
ManagersJames Beauregard

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2015 Sante Arcangeli Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

13.2% alc., pH 3.31, TA 0.72, 175 cases, $30. 60% Bald Mountain Vineyard (Bonny Doon) and 40% Split Rail Vineyard (Corralitos). Harvest Brix 21.5º-24.0º. Native and proprietary yeast fermented. Aged in French oak barrels, 14% new. · Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Enticing aromas of lemon, hazelnut, bread dough and yeast. Sleek and mouthwatering on the palate, with flavors of citrus, honey, poached pear, caramel and brioche. Beautifully composed in a bright and lip-smacking style, that finishes with good cut and plenty of citrus goodness. This wine confirms my conviction that the Santa Cruz Mountains is one of the best wine regions in California for Chardonnay. Score: 93. Reviewed March 6, 2017 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Sante Arcangeli Family Wines Bald Mountain Vineyard Ben Lomond Mountain Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

13.2% alc., pH 3.28, 119 cases, $32. Grown at 1100’ elevation on a sandstone bench. Harvest Brix 22.5º. Native fermentation, aged 9 months sur lie in 100% French oak barrels, 40% new, 40% 1-year-old, and 20% neutral. · Moderately light golden straw color and clear in the glass. The yellow peach aromas are accented with notes of butter brickle, toasty oak and salinity. Good fullness on the palate with fresh yellow apple, peach and creme brûlée flavors. Slightly creamy, with a riff of quenching acidity on the clean, refreshing finish. Score: 91. Reviewed March 16, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »