Beckmen 2012 Estate Syrah, Purisima Mtn. Vyd., Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
Item Number: 22 20 391 12
On the western side of Ballard Canyon lies Beckmen’s acclaimed, 365 acre, certified Biodynamic Purisima Mountain Vineyard. Comprised mostly of clay and clay loam, with varying amounts of gravel, the most unique aspect of this site is the limestone subsoil. Found in great Rhône regions like Côte Rôtie and Châteauneuf du Pape, the limestone soil limits vine vigor and produces smaller vines with lower yields and more intensely flavored fruit. With peaks reaching 1,250 feet, Purisima Mountain boasts 500 feet of elevation change with multiple exposures. The grapes for this Syrah are hand picked at night to retain their freshness and flavor. This wine is a blend of the best lots from the vintage, each vinified separately. Native yeast were used and open top fermenters. The caps were punched down by hand three times daily. After fermentation the wines were gently basket pressed and racked to barrel where it was barrel aged for 16 months in 40% new French oak. The Wine Advocate scored it 92 points and said "The 2012 Syrah Purisima Mountain Vineyard is a soft, supple and forward effort that dishes out rocking black raspberry, cassis, licorice, white pepper and hints of gaminess on the nose... enjoy this medium to full-bodied, sexy effort over the coming 4-5 years." On Sale!