Beckmen Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache 2002
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.
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.
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.
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