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Fall 2020

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In our Estate Vineyards

Fall is by far the busiest time of year in our vine­yards as we are har­vest­ing our 150 acres of bio­dy­nam­ic grapes. Our vine­yard crew hand­picks the grapes from both of our vine­yards overnight, start­ing around 10pm and con­tin­u­ing until day­break. They pick at night to avoid the intense day­time heat and to ensure the grapes arrive at the win­ery cold and in good con­di­tion come morn­ing. They will pick any­where from a cou­ple of tons to up to 25 tons per night, depend­ing on how the grapes are matur­ing and what the weath­er fore­cast looks like. Our vine­yard crew has the impor­tant job of being our first sorters, select­ing only the high­est qual­i­ty clus­ters to be turned into wine. 

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Inside our Winery

All our wines are craft­ed through small lot wine­mak­ing in order to cap­ture the indi­vid­u­al­i­ty of each block on both of our vine­yards. As the dif­fer­ent grape vari­eties arrive to the win­ery crush­pad, we keep the var­i­ous blocks, clones, and root­stocks sep­a­rat­ed dur­ing the wine­mak­ing process. We then blend our wines from this col­lec­tion of small lots so that each wine has more depth and dis­tinct lay­ers of flavor.

Our white wines are made by fer­ment­ing grape juice:

1. Grape clus­ters are put direct­ly into the press and are pressed for their juice. 

2. The juice is put into stain­less steel tanks/​barrels or old­er oak bar­rels, where it set­tles and is clarified.

3. The fer­men­ta­tion begins slow­ly at a cool tem­per­a­ture, tak­ing between two to four weeks depend­ing on the variety 
and what it’s fer­ment­ed in.

4. The wine ages for between five to eight months and is then bottled. 

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Freshly picked Grenache Blanc is dumped into the crusher which then pushes the grapes into the press.
Beckmen white wine press
Pressing white wine grapes.

Our red wines are made by fer­ment­ing the grapes them­selves, not the juice:

1. Grape clus­ters are put on a con­vey­er, where they are exam­ined for over­all quality.

2. The clus­ters fall into a destem­mer which sep­a­rates the berries from the stem, and then the berries fall through a mul­ti-lay­er berry sorter which takes out jacks and under­ripe berries. 

3. The grapes are put into a box or tank where they will soak for three to five days depend­ing on the variety.

4. We add some heat to the tank or move the box into the sun­shine, where warmer tem­per­a­tures will kick off the fer­men­ta­tion process. 

5. The red grapes fer­ment on the skins in these tanks/​boxes for as lit­tle as 12 days or as many as 21 days. We will pump over the tanks and punch down the box­es one to three times a day in order to break-up and sub­merge the cap (grape skins and seeds) into the wine.

6. Once fer­ment­ed to almost dry, we drain the tanks/​boxes in order to get the free run wine which is the high­est qual­i­ty wine. 

7. The tanks/​boxes are drained into the press and a gen­tle press begins. This first press wine is usu­al­ly com­bined with the free run wine. We con­tin­ue to press the grapes for sev­er­al cycles, until all the wine has been extracted. 

8. The wine is put into oak bar­rels, where it will age for between 10 to 32 months and is then bottled.

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Grenache grapes are dumped onto the sorter conveyor before going through our desteemer.
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A one-ton fermentor of Grenache, being punched down by hand.
Beckmen red wine press
Pressing Grenache wine.

Visit Us & Experience Harvest Season

We are safe­ly open for out­door wine tast­ings and gaze­bo reser­va­tions by appoint­ment only. The months of Novem­ber and Decem­ber are an incred­i­ble time of year to vis­it our estate in Los Olivos. 

You can book your reser­va­tion on our web­site or call us at 8056888664 ext. 200. We are open for wine tast­ings and gaze­bo reser­va­tions Thurs­day — 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. Yum!

    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! Enjoy it over the next 25-30 years. Seriously though, 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!

    Retail: $74

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