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Black Dog Ranch

The Nose KnowsTM

Black Dog Ranch is a small producer of the family-owned Beresini Wines in Los Carneros, Napa Valley

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Corleone the black lab dog sitting in a golf cart in the vineyard

Black Dog Ranch, Beresini Winery, produces artisanal wines reflective of Napa Valley’s Los Carneros Appellation – crisp acidity, red berry, earthy, and spicy notes.

Much of the taste of wine begins with the “nose” or scents of flavor that the wine emanates, and who has a better sense of smell than our faithful companions? And as Corleone would tell you, “The Nose Knows™.”

Corleone is a very wiggly-waggly Black Labrador, and she knows her grapes. She is often seen wandering through the vineyards ensuring that no ground squirrels, rabbits or birds are disturbing the vines.

Close-up of vines

Our vineyard is on 7 acres in Los Carneros, Napa Valley and we grow both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on the property. The vines on 4.49 acres produce Chardonnay grapes for TOR’s Torchiana Chardonnay – the Beresini Chardonnay grapes are sold to TOR as the single vineyard source for his Torchiana Chardonnay.

We sell the Pinot Noir 777 clone to Blue Farm Winery (Anne Mueller-Racke) and Gustavo Wines (Gustavo Brambila). The remaining acres are dedicated to the Pinot Noir grapes under the Beresini brand.

The first vintage of Beresini Pinot Noir was in 2011, and the 2011 and the 2013 are sold out. The few cases remaining of the 2012 are available for Kennel Wine Club members only. Currently we are selling the 2014 and 2016 Beresini Pinot Noir through the website and to high-end restaurants and wine retail stores throughout Northern California. The 2017 will be released in early 2020. 

The 2014 Beresini Pinot Noir received 5 out of 5 stars from Ronn Wiegand, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine. The 2016 has not yet been rated.

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