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Spring 2021

Beckmen pmv b4 syrah

In our Estate Vineyards

Spring­time is a beau­ti­ful sea­son on our vine­yards, as our vines wake up from their win­ter dor­man­cy and bud­break occurs. The spring months are also a chal­leng­ing time of year due to the dan­ger of frost on these ten­der, young green shoots. We get some cold nights in the San­ta Ynez Val­ley, and if the tem­per­a­ture dips below 36°F (when ice can form) an alarm will alert Steve Beckmen’s cell phone, noti­fy­ing him to turn on the sprin­klers at the Thomas and Judith Beck­men Estate Vine­yard. By spray­ing water over the vine­yard, it allows the air around the vine to stay warmer than it nat­u­ral­ly would be. On Purisi­ma Moun­tain Vine­yard, how­ev­er, we have no over­head sprin­klers for frost protection. 

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Syrah budbreak in Block Six on Purisima Mountain Vineyard.
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Chardonnay budbreak in Block Nine on Purisima Mountain Vineyard.

Man­ag­ing our weeds and cov­er crops is an impor­tant spring­time task. Our ben­e­fi­cial cov­er crops will be tilled, incor­po­rat­ing the nutri­tious plant mate­r­i­al into the soil. For most of the vineyard’s weeds we use a trac­tor imple­ment that works between the vines like a knife, going just under the sur­face of the soil to cut the weeds down. In oth­er areas, where the space between the vines is tight or the vines are too young, our vine­yard crew will hand hoe the weeds.

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Cabernet Sauvignon vines before weeding.
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Members of our vineyard crew weeding between Cabernet Sauvignon grapevines.

We will start shoot thin­ning once the vines start to grow. Shoot thin­ning is remov­ing the unwant­ed suck­er shoots and excess shoots that we do not want on the vine, leav­ing only the shoots that will be car­ry­ing fruit for this year’s har­vest. The shoots we keep will then be tucked into the ver­ti­cal shoot posi­tion­ing trel­lis sys­tem; we’ll posi­tion the shoots between two pairs of wires like a hedge for the vines where appropriate.

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Shoot thinning Grenache grapevines near our tasting room.

Applying BD Preparations

One of the key com­po­nents to bio­dy­nam­ic farm­ing is apply­ing eight dif­fer­ent prepa­ra­tions to our farm. These preps” are made from herbs, min­er­al sub­stances, and ani­mal manures, applied to the vine­yard and/​or the soil in minute dos­es, sim­i­lar to home­opa­thy for humans.

In the spring months, we will spray a manure com­post (BD 500) across the vine­yard, pro­mot­ing soil fer­til­i­ty and micro­bial life. For wet­ter years when we get a lot of rain­fall, we will also use a net­tle spray (BD 504). Some vines strug­gle to pick-up the nutri­ents they need, and sting­ing net­tle allows them to take up what’s read­i­ly avail­able around them. 

We are proud to be the fifth largest cer­ti­fied bio­dy­nam­ic vine­yard in Cal­i­for­nia. Vis­it www​.deme​ter​-usa​.org to learn more about this holis­tic, proac­tive approach to farming. 

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Inside our estate barrel room.

Inside our Winery

Dur­ing the spring months we begin our assem­blage – blend­ing our dif­fer­ent lots pri­or to bot­tling – for our 2020 red wines, which is a real­ly fun time as a winemaker! 

Dur­ing har­vest, we pick and fer­ment our grapes in small lots, enabling us to cap­ture the indi­vid­u­al­i­ty of each par­tic­u­lar block in both of the vine­yards. Each lot is kept in sep­a­rate bar­rel pro­grams, so when it comes time to blend­ing, we can take sam­ples from all of the dif­fer­ent bar­rels to cre­ate the final blend. 

This atten­tion to detail cre­ates wines with more depth and dis­tinct lay­ers of fla­vor; a cer­tain lot could include any­where from 1 – 2 bar­rels to 15 – 20 bar­rels, which is reflect­ed in the dif­fer­ent bot­tlings of our portfolio. 

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A look across one of our vineyard ponds to our private gazebos, available by reservation for picnics and enjoying wine by the bottle.

Visit Our Working Winery Estate

We are safe­ly open for out­door wine tast­ings and gaze­bo reser­va­tions by appoint­ment only. The spring and ear­ly sum­mer months are a beau­ti­ful time to vis­it our vine­yard; the grapevines cre­ate a pic­turesque view as their young shoots con­tin­ue to grow, and you can see the young grape berries go through the flow­er­ing, fruit set, and verai­son stages.

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

Wines in This Release

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  • Very outgoing aromas of lemon blossom, lime, grapefruit, lemongrass, and dried herbs are focused and complex. The mouth is round yet fresh with lemon rind, grapefruit, saline, citrus fruits, and a touch of apple with good length and great acidity. We hurried to pick the grapes before the massive heat spikes during September of 2020, so the 2020 SYV Sauvignon Blanc is a little less ripe than previous vintages. The finished wine retains great balance and freshness and is ready to drink now!

    Retail: $23

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  • Complex aromas of strawberry, bakers spice, garrigue, candied red fruits, and a floral note are intense yet lifted. Plump and round in the mouth, with rich, mouth-filling flavors of red fruits, spice, strawberry, grenadine, and roasted herbs, the 2019 PMV Grenache has wonderful balance. Fine tannins and a long finish with more strawberry, spice, and candied red fruit flavors round out this incredible vintage of PMV Grenache, which was made with 33% stem inclusion. Drink now and over the next 12-15 years. Crafted from 100% certified biodynamic grenache grapes.

    Retail: $62

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  • The cool 2019 growing season produced a very savory vintage of PMV Syrah. Cured meats, game, roasted earth, pepper, blackberry, and coco highlight the aromas of the 2019. Elegant and rounded on the palate (reminiscent of the very successful 2015 vintage), the mouth shows off sweet black fruits, dark chocolate, game, mocha, and pepper with fine tannins that carry the flavor through the very long, savory finish. A bit young and tight upon release, the 2019 should be decanted or aged for the short term and will age beautifully for the next 15-18 years or longer. Crafted from 100% certified biodynamic syrah grapes.

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  • Big aromas of roasted herbs, smoke, blue and black fruits, chocolate, and plum lead to a mouth filled with sweet plum, blackberry, pepper, and chocolate flavors. Rich and round with outstanding texture, fine, soft tannins and balanced acidity of the 2019 PMV Clone #1 Syrah carry the black fruits, chocolate, and pepper flavors on the very long finish. Drinking beautifully now, this wine will easily age for the next 15-18 years. An outstanding vintage of our flagship single clone bottling! Crafted from 100% certified biodynamic syrah grapes.

    Retail: $72

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