Beckmen Grenache Rose 2009
Rosé from Central Coast, California
Not only is this a perfect wine for spring and summer, it's a perfect example of the attention to detail that goes into the wines we craft. Unlike most wineries, which produce rosés as a byproduct of bleeding-off juice to enhance concentration in a given lot of wine, we grow blocks of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre specifically for our rosé. This is important for several reasons: the fruit on these blocks is farmed differently, and it is harvested sooner at lower Brix and with higher acidity. In turn, the three varietals we have chosen to blend together create a more complete expression of rosé, with the Grenache core delivering bright fruit, acid and structure, the Syrah contributing color and depth, and the Mourvèdre adding textural softness, and sophisticated notes of earth and spice.
Wine & Spirits - "This wine's warmth and spicy red intensity make it a rose for food. The alcohol is perceptible, but it's balanced by plenty of flavor and earthy structure. It provoked a range of food suggestions from the panelists, including seafood paella, barbecued shrimp wrapped in bacon and slow smoked barbequed ribs. (1,000 cases)."
The goal of Beckmen Vineyards is to become the most prominent family owned vineyard estate in Santa Barbara County. Rhone style wines cultivated from Purisima Mountain Vineyard will be their contribution to the next chapter of winegrowing in the Santa Ynez Valley. To appreciate this goal is to be able to understand the history of the Santa Barbara Wine country and the pioneering spirit of Tom Beckmen and his family.
In 1996 Beckmen Estate Vineyards purchased Purisima Mountain Vineyard a 365-acre Estate overlooking the Santa Ynez Valley, where there are ideal soils and climate for Rhone varieties. They began planting in 1997 and have completed a total of 130 acres at this time. The high density plantings are designed to optimize different hillside exposures and elevations. View all Beckmen Vineyards Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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1 rating, 1 with review47/23/2010I purchased this wine because of the price and because it was advertised as being a boutique wine (limited quantity). I loved the mellowness of this wine. There are better (more expensive) wines out there, but I found the Beckman to be a good balance of spice, fruit, and acid. It is not sweet, but it is refreshing. Also, I just love the color of a nice rose wine.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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