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Winter 2021

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In our Estate Vineyards

Wine­mak­ing is a cycle, and as we enter the new year the cycle con­tin­ues with prun­ing all 150 acres of Beck­men grapevines. Our crew pass­es through both of our vine­yards twice: once for the ini­tial pre-prune of the canopy, clear­ing out the tall canes and brush, and sec­ond for the crit­i­cal final prune cut. Prun­ing is a very impor­tant task that sets up the crop size on each vine for the year ahead. Each bud we leave behind will hope­ful­ly pro­duce a cou­ple of grape clus­ters come spring. A lot of oth­er fac­tors will affect the crop size through­out the long grow­ing sea­son, but this is the first step in set­ting the stage for the 2021 vintage.

Pruning Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Sap from a freshly pruned Cabernet vine.

The grapevines may be bare and dor­mant, but our cov­er crops are grow­ing beau­ti­ful­ly due to the good rain­fall we received in the begin­ning of 2021. Every Decem­ber, we plant an organ­ic cov­er crop between the rows of grapevines as a nat­ur­al way to feed and add nitro­gen back into our soil. The crop is a mix of grass and legumes, includ­ing climb­ing peas, vetch, and beans, which we will con­tin­ue to grow until they start to flower. After flow­er­ing, we will mow each row and run a disc to incor­po­rate the ben­e­fi­cial, organ­ic plant mate­ri­als into the soil. The legumes have nitro­gen fix­ing nod­ules on their root sys­tems, which improves the health of our soil the most nat­ur­al way possible. 

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Cover crop grown on our Thomas and Judith Beckmen Estate Vineyard, in Los Olivos District AVA.
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Cover crop grown on our Purisima Mountain Vineyard, in Ballard Canyon AVA.

Inside our Winery

We are gear­ing up for bot­tling sea­son! We will be bot­tling dif­fer­ent wines for two or three days every month for the next six months. A lot of work must hap­pen before a wine goes into the bot­tle. We are busy fin­ish­ing blends — some­times a blend of one vari­etal from dif­fer­ent parts of the vine­yard or some­times a blend of dif­fer­ent vari­etals — emp­ty­ing bar­rels, fill­ing tanks, and fin­ish­ing wines. Our wines are bot­tled via a mobile bot­tling line, so if you see a semi-truck parked next to the win­ery you know what we are up to! 

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Bottling our popular Grenache Rosé.

Bar­rel man­age­ment is also an impor­tant task dur­ing the win­ter months. We taste every bar­rel of wine, mak­ing sure the wines are devel­op­ing well as they age and mature. We check the sec­ondary fer­men­ta­tion (mal­o­lac­tic fer­men­ta­tion, where mal­ic acid is con­vert­ed to lac­tic acid) which hap­pens after the pri­ma­ry (alco­hol) fer­men­ta­tion. This sec­ondary fer­men­ta­tion enhances the tex­ture and feel of the wine, adding a rounder, creami­er qual­i­ty. All of our red wines will go through this sec­ondary fer­men­ta­tion, but we inhib­it it in most of our white wines.

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Racking our 2020 clone 7, BB rootstock Syrah. This wine is generally bottled in our Cuvee le Bec red wine blend.

Visit Our Working Winery Estate

We are safe­ly open for out­door wine tast­ings and gaze­bo reser­va­tions by appoint­ment only. The win­ter months are a beau­ti­ful time to vis­it our vine­yard, as the lush green grass­es and cov­er crops grow to almost the same height as our dor­mant vines.

You can book your reser­va­tion on our web­site or call us at 8056888664 ext. 200. We are open for wine tast­ings and gaze­bo reser­va­tions Fri­day — Sun­day and Wednes­days for Wine Club mem­bers only. We look for­ward to see­ing you soon!

Wines in This Release

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  • Cool, brisk aromatics of lychee, stone fruit, candied ginger, and jasmine jump from the glass of the 2019 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Viognier. The mouth is balanced and round with great acidity coming from the very cool harvest in 2019, with flavors that echo the aromas with more stone fruits, citrus, and ginger that linger on the very long finish. A wonderfully refreshing Viognier to drink now and over the next 5-7 years! Crafted from 100% certified biodynamic viognier.

    Retail: $39

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  • As usual, ripe Grenache fruit is highlighted in this bottling with fresh strawberry, cranberry, dark cherry, and a touch of milk chocolate aromatics. The mouth is filled with more strawberry, raspberry, and cherry flavors with a touch of vanilla on the finish. A cool vintage brought this Grenache some high acidity which carries the fruit flavors on the long finish. Combining great texture and structure, the 2019 should age beautifully for the next 10+ years.

    Retail: $36

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  • Drinking like a reserve Cuvee le Bec, the 2018 Barrel Select Cuvee is amazing! A blend of 48% Syrah, 27% Grenache, and 25% Mourvedre from the Estate and Purisima Mountain Vineyard fruit, the wine has knockout aromas of raspberry, black currant, violet, thyme, and blueberry. Intense and round in the mouth, the wine has great balance with good acidity that keeps this large wine light on its feet. The tannins are very fine and long, providing the needed structure to age the wine over the next 20-25 years.

    Retail: $60

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  • Block Six was the first section of Purisima Mountain Vineyard to be farmed biodynamically starting in 2002 and is the highest elevation block in the vineyard featuring significant deposits of chalky limestone. These factors contribute to a wine that has consistently been our finest Syrah bottling.

    A great wine from a great vintage, enough said! The 2018 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Block Six Syrah is filled with intense blackberry fruit, smoke, pepper, minerals, and wild game flavors and aromas. The wine is full bodied with some big tannins that will allow the wine to age wonderfully. It is a bit young today, so decanting is recommended if you decide to open it in the next few years. Enjoy it over the next 25-30 years. Crafted from 100% certified biodynamic grapes.

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