Beckmen Purisima Mountain Syrah Block 6 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
Block Six was the first section of our Purisima Mountain Vineyard to be farmed biodynamically, a process that began in 2002. It is also the highest elevation black in the vineyard, and features soils with significant deposits of chalky limestone. These factors contribute to a wine that has consistently been our finest Syrah offering. From its head-turning aromas of blackberry, plum, sandalwood, smoke and white flowers to its flavors of plum, blackberry, charred meat, minerals and a dark chocolate, this is a complete and complex expression of Syrah with a great tannin structure, and a finish that is long and satisfying.
Wine & Spirits - "Block Six reaches the highest elevation at Purisima, the sector of vines where Steve Beckmen began his experiments with biodynamics in 2002. Chalky limestone in the soil further distinguishes the syrah from this block, which Beckmen presents as his top selection. It's hard not to connect that limesone with minerality of the wine, whether or not such a direct connection really exists. All my notes from the blind tasting start from rock: The mineral scent, the deep earthen savor of the tannin, the refinement of the finish "on the rocks." Those sturctural elements from sweet black raspberry-scented fruit, along with scents of meat, game and an herbal hint of pipe tobacco. A great vintage of Block Six, both tight and juicy enough for roast duck."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Syrah Block Six Purisima Mountain Vineyard is the most massive and opulent wine in this lineup, but much of the wine’s richness has been achieved with some loss of varietal character, which is a shame. This is still a gorgeous wine, but it could have been truly special. It is quite clear that the level of the fruit here is first-class. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.
This is a fabulous set of wines from Beckmen Vineyards. I was especially impressed with the reds. The estate works almost exclusively with biodynamically farmed fruit, uses indigenous yeasts and (with one exception) has a very refined approach to cooperage. "
International Wine Cellar - "Glass-staining purple. Deep, smoky aromas of cassis, blackberry and cola, with notes of tobacco and black tea adding a serious mien. Densely packed and youthful, with sweet dark fruit flavors and a hint of bitter cherry pit. A suggestion of black olive comes up with air and weaves through a long, sappy, gently tannic finish."
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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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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 & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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