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2010 Beckmen Vineyards Syrah Estate Santa Ynez Valley
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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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2010 Beckmen Vineyards Syrah Estate Santa Ynez Valley

Producer: Beckmen Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: California
Region: Central Coast
Appellation: Santa Barbara

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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2012

Inky purple.  Cherry and musky berry skin aromas are complicated by notes of licorice, woodsmoke and cola.  Sappy, penetrating blackberry and bitter cherry flavors pick up olive and black pepper nuances with air and show a refreshingly bitter quality.  Fine-grained give gentle grip to a long, smoke- and spice-inflected finish.

88 Points | Wine Spectator

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by Dodge12106393
Smooth, very enjoyable and approachable wine now, great for the price!
Actually a 4.5
by Matlock 14106597
I am giving this syrah another half a point because at roughly $20/bottle, this wine wins the QPR award for 2012. This Syrah is wonderful and can stand toe to toe with challengers in the $50 range all day long and win. And seeing as how it is still very young, I know it will improve with age, but certainly is very drinkable right now.


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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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