I wish I could say it was some sort of “divine intervention” or something magical like that. It would also be great to claim that I created something new and different that has never been done before. The truth is when we create a new wine, style, or blend, it typically comes from something I have tasted. I spend several years researching (tasting!) different examples, before settling on a style that I prefer, and lastly seeing if it is possible to replicate it from our own vineyards.
The process begins in the cellar by blending different barrels of our own Beckmen wine together to see if something sparks my interest and taste buds. If I find something good, we will then try to make a small-scale blend and then a larger blend. If all that goes well, we will start to bottle it under our EXP program. If the reaction from our EXP membership is positive, then the wine moves into our portfolio. The finishing touch is to make it our own, reflecting our vineyards, climate, and wine style. This is how we created La Finca, our newest release.
La Finca is inspired by the wines from a small region near Barcelona, Spain called Priorat, where Granacha (as Grenache is called in Spain) is blended with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and sometimes Carignan. Having been exposed to some of the finest wines from that region like Clos Mogador, Clos Erasmus, and Mas Martinet a couple of decades ago, I became fascinated by these robust, age-worthy wines that are massive, powerful, and structured. Each wine possessed its own style from traditional to modern, and consisted of a different blend. Needless to say, there was a lot to learn.
Simply translated as “The Farm”, La Finca (named by long time cellar master Abel Herrera) was first introduced to our EXP membership in 2015 with the release of the 2013 vintage. We have produced three vintages of La Finca for our EXP members: 2013, 2017 and 2019. We used these initial vintages as an exploration of style, and they provided us with a plethora of information about how we wanted to craft the 2021 vintage, the first official release of La Finca. That experimentation is the beauty of the EXP program for us and for you: long-time members can follow the development of a wine’s style as we explore the possibilities and find our direction for new wines such as La Finca.
2021 La Finca
54% Grenache from Purisima Mountain Vineyard
38% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Thomas and Judith Beckmen Estate Vineyard
8% Syrah from Purisima Mountain Vineyard
Stunning, ripe, rich aromas of cherry, strawberry, raspberry preserves, red currants, and cherry blossoms seamlessly come together showing off both the Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon fruits. The entry on the palate is silky and elegant, where lifted flavors of cherry preserves, strawberry, roasted herbs, cherry skin, and blueberry shine. The wine turns darker on the back end due to the Syrah, where the brighter up-front red fruits transition to blue and black fruits, finishing long with a big tannin structure and fine acidity. It will evolve effortlessly for the next 20+ years.