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Beckmen Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache 2002

Grenache from Sonoma County, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    This Grenache is a limited reserve production wine from the 2002 vintage. It has been selected as the single best lot from 2002 for its sheer power and varietal expression of Grenache.

    VINEYARDS & HARVEST
    2002 was a cooler vintage allowing long time on the vine ensuring explosive complex flavors. Prior to harvest, we made three fruit drops to limit yields to 1 ton per acre, in order to ensure optimal ripeness. Grapes were hand harvested in mid-October and came in perfectly ripe with amazing varietal character.

    WINEMAKING
    88%Grenache and 12% Syrah from Purisima Mountain Vineyard
    The Tablas clone of grenache was co-fermented with clone 887 of syrah for better integration of flavor. Grapes from this individual section of vineyard were destemed, gently crushed and cold-soaked for 48 hours to extract color and taste-enhancing phenolics. Fermentation took place in open tops for a period of 10 days. The caps were punched down by hand three times daily. After fermentation, the free run juice was gravity racked straight to barrel. The wine underwent spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel to integrate fruit and texture. The wine was barrel aged for 16 months in 1 year of French oak barrels to ensure full expression of varietal character. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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    Beckmen Vineyards

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    Beckmen Vineyards, Sonoma County, California
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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.

    Sonoma County

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    Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

    Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

    Grenache

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    Enjoying great glory across a variety of appellations, Grenache thrives in any warm, Mediterranean climate where ample sunlight allows its clusters to achieve full phenolic ripeness. The grape typically produces full-bodied reds interestingly light in both color and tannins. While it can make a charmingly complex single varietal wine, it also lends well to blending. Grenache's birthplace is Spain (there called Garnacha) where it remains important, particularly in Priorat where winemakers enjoy great liberties in blending Grenache with other varieties. Today it might be most well associated with the red blends of the Southern Rhône, namely Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône and its Villages. The Italian island of Sardinia produces bold, rustic Grenache (there called Cannonau) whereas in California, Washington and Australia, Grenache has achieved popularity both flying solo and in blends.

    In the Glass

    In sufficiently warm conditions, Grenache produces smooth and generous wines that are loaded with strawberry, cherry blackberry, purple plum and in the richest examples, even cocoa, black tea or licorice.

    Perfect Pairings

    Despite its bold flavors, Grenache has very mild-mannered tannins, which makes it eminently quaffable on its own, yet easy to match with food. Because of its friendly nature, Grenache is the ultimate barbecue red, pairing happily with lamb chops, pork loin or tri-tip. Unlike most other full-bodied reds, Grenache’s low tannin level ensures that it will not easily be fazed by a bit of spice.

    Sommelier Secret

    Sardinia is often revered for its association with a long and healthy life. Residents of the Italian island often live well into their 90s and beyond, crediting this to their antioxidant-rich red wines, like Cannonau, along with their healthy Mediterranean diet.

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