People say a great wine begins in the vineyard. At an altitude of 5800 feet, 13 inches of precipitation annually, 150 frost-free days, 3% slope and Agua Fria stony loam, our ideal locale and farming expertise produce premium classic wine grapes: Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Plus we are one of the few vineyards in Colorado where the sensitive Pinot Noir grapes are successfully cultivated.
What goes into a bottle of Pinot Noir?
The Pinot Noir grapes are hand picked from our vineyard and transported to the crush pad where they are gently destemmed, providing whole berries for fermentation. The grapes are fermented in one-ton open-top plastic fermenters and one 500 gallon refrigerated milk tank. During fermentation, all procedures are done by hand. The ability to control the temperature in our walk-in cooler allows for a stable fermentation rate. Within two weeks the fermentation is complete.
The wine is pressed, then transferred to oak barrels and transported to our underground wine cave where it is aged for 16 months. The naturally controlled temperature of the wine cave ranges from 40 degrees in the winter and 60 degrees in the summer. This process preserves the fruity, earthy qualities of the Beezley Block Vineyard.