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Beckmen Vineyards Syrah Santa Ynez Valley 2008

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87 points Connoisseurs' Guide: Nicely concentrated and exhibiting a well-composed mix of ripe berries, spice and complementary oak, this medium-full-bodied youngster counts vitality as a real plus... it is not an especially tannic wine, and it should relax if allowed a few years of quiet cellar aging. (Mar 2010)

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Beckmen Vineyards:
Founded in 1994 by Tom and Steve Beckmen, Beckmen Vineyards is a family-run, estate winery located in Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley. Since its founding, Beckmen Vineyards has emerged as one of North America's premier producers of Rhone varietal wines, while also helping to establish Santa Barbara County as one of California's most highly regarded winegrowing regions. E... Read more
Founded in 1994 by Tom and Steve Beckmen, Beckmen Vineyards is a family-run, estate winery located in Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley. Since its founding, Beckmen Vineyards has emerged as one of North America's premier producers of Rhone varietal wines, while also helping to establish Santa Barbara County as one of California's most highly regarded winegrowing regions. Eager to return to his farming roots, and convinced of the Santa Ynez Valley's vast potential to produce world-class wines, Tom Beckmen began searching for promising vineyard property in the early '90s. He found what he was looking for on a 40-acre parcel of land with an existing small winery. There he established Beckmen Vineyards. Working together, Tom and Steve began revitalizing the site. Convinced that the vineyard had been planted incorrectly, they painstakingly removed the 16 original acres of vines, and replanted the vineyard with carefully selected varietals, clones and rootstocks. Committed to building a world-class estate-vineyard program, the Beckmens also purchased a spectacular, unplanted 365-acre Santa Ynez Valley ranch in 1996. Naming it Purisima Mountain Vineyard, Tom and Steve began a meticulous planting process designed to maintain the natural diversity of the site. With an ideal climate and rare limestone subsoils similar to those found in Cote Rotie and Chateauneuf du Pape, the vineyard has proven perfect for producing a range of stunning Rhone varietals, especially Syrah and Grenache. Under the care and guidance of Tom and Steve, Purisima Mountain Vineyard has earned acclaim as one of California's great Rhone-varietal vineyards. Adding to its reputation as one of the most meticulously cultivated winegrowing sites in all of Santa Barbara County, the vineyard has been farmed 100 percent biodynamically since 2006. Reflecting a passion for quality and a belief in the natural character of the land, the adoption of biodynamic farming practices has only reinforced Steve's vineyard-focused style of winemaking. Believing that the wine in the bottle begins in the soil, Steve and the winemaking team craft wines that capture the unique terroir of Purisima Mountain. Beckmen Vineyards produces a full line of exceptional estate-grown Rhone varietals including Syrah, Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Rose, Marsanne, and the Cuvee Le Bec blend. It also produces small quantities of exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. Hailed for the excellence of its portfolio, Beckmen Vineyards was named Food & Wine's "Most Promising Winery" in the magazine's 2000 American Wine Awards. Since then, Beckmen Vineyards has lived up to that promise. In 2007, it was selected as one of the "Top 100 Wineries" in the world by Wine & Spirits magazine. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Beckmen Vineyards Syrah Santa Ynez Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,165
3.50 5
03/11/2010

Very fruity on the nose with mocha cocoa tones over a bit of oak spice. This is full of fruit that is balanced by well-integrated acidity It’s a big wine, balanced with rich dark berry fruits and a bit of raw oak. Finishes a bit short but the fruit is a bit monolithic with only the fine structural balance keeping this from veering off into fruit bomb territory. The tannins are a touch woody with a nice sandalwood tone on the finish. A little simple, not challenging, a lot of fruit, good texture.88pts http://assets.snooth.com/swf/100222-beckman-syrah.swf


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Snooth User: Klh
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3.50 5
03/07/2012

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Beckmen Vineyards Syrah Santa Ynez Valley

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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
05/19/2010

A product of a great growing season, this deep, dark Syrah shows rich fruit and melted chocolate followed by a spicy mid-palate ripeness that makes this biodynamic Syrah a must-have with duck mole!



87 points Connoisseurs' Guide: Nicely concentrated and exhibiting a well-composed mix of ripe berries, spice and complementary oak, this medium-full-bodied youngster counts vitality as a real plus... it is not an especially tannic wine, and it should relax if allowed a few years of quiet cellar aging. (Mar 2010)

Dietary Information: Organic


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