Steve pampers his grapes – both the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir.

Beresini VIneyards Chardonnay grapesIn 1988, Steve planted Old Wente clone Chardonnay.  The four acres of Beresini Chardonnay grapes are sold exclusively to Tor Kenward Family Wines.

The 2010 Tor Kenward Torchiana-Beresini Vineyard scored 94 points from Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar and received 93 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. The 2012 Tor Chardonnay Torchian-Beresini Vineyard scored 94 points from the Wine Spectator. The Wine Spectator noted that “The richest of the 2012 Tors, this is bold and layered, with complex fig, apricot, smoke, anise and butterscotch notes. Showy and appealing, intense and well-built, balanced by citrus-tinged acidity. Drink now through 2020.”

The Beresini Pinot Noir was planted in 1988. The 2.18 acres consists of .68 acres of  Pommard, .2 acres of Calera, and 1.3 acres of Swann. Beresini Vineyards also leases an adjoining 1.2 acres of 777 which was planted in 2000.

Pinot grapes budding on the vine in April 2012.

A little over half of the Pinot Noir grapes are sold to Stomping Girl Wines, the remaining Pinot grapes are used for the Beresini Pinot Noir.  Uzi Cohen of Stomping Girl Wines said that Steve’s “careful management of the vines produces superb wine.”