About Beckmen Vineyards
When winemaker Steve Beckmen returned from Italy in 1997, he was convinced that his family's recently purchased hillside in Santa Barbara County would be perfect for growing Rhône varietals. His father Tom was skeptical, but since then, Purisima Mountain Vineyard has established itself as one of the finest sources of Syrah and Grenache in the Central Coast.
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90(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2010
($52) Opaque purple. Oak-spiced blackberry and boysenberry on the nose, with complicating notes of licorice, vanilla and dried violet. Lush, sappy and open-knit, with sweet dark berry compote and cherry-vanilla flavors that are lifted by tangy acidity. Closes on a sweet, fruity note, with an echo of smoky oak. Give this a bit of time for the wood and fruit to harmonize.
91 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Purisma Perfection? Close!
Note from 2/2/12: Initially a bit floral, turning savory after 15-20 minutes in the glass. A hint of bacon fat emerges and the tannins smooth out after about 45 minutes in the decanter. Very rich and smooth after two hours. Not as meaty and savory as some Syrahs, but it is very, very good. Need to try to hold the remaining two bottles until at least 2014.
Out standing, deep and rich with flavor. More please!
Excelent wine. Perfectly balanced, I would definitly buy more of this wine.
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I've only been drinking wine a couple of years but had visited Santa Ynez in 2010 and was looking for something to jog my memory of some of the good wines I tried there. This did the trick - I love it. Very pleased with the fruitiness and cocoa flavor. No food needed with this one just sip and enjoy.
this wine rocks
Nice juice. Rich, balanced and just plain good. Went well with a wide variety of grilled and smoked items (other reviewer noted the bacon fat and it's still present). All I know is I kept filling my glass...
Smooth but not much taste
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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