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Summer 2019

In our Estate Vineyards

The most excit­ing time of year has arrived… harvest! 

Quar­ter 3 is extreme­ly busy for us in both of our vine­yards — our cer­ti­fied bio­dy­nam­ic, 125 acre Purisi­ma Moun­tain Vine­yard in Bal­lard Canyon AVA, and our 25 acre Thomas and Judith Beck­men Estate Vine­yard in Los Olivos Dis­trict AVA. In prepa­ra­tion of har­vest, we’ve been focus­ing on canopy man­age­ment, trel­lis posi­tion­ing, hedg­ing the vines, and leaf pulling to help with dis­ease pres­sure and to expose the fruit to sun­light. The com­bi­na­tion of all these efforts will help improve the ripeness and over­all qual­i­ty of the grapes as we enter the final stage of the year, the ripen­ing phase. 

The grapes have near­ly all gone through verai­son as we write this let­ter. Verai­son is that beau­ti­ful tran­si­tion from hard green berries to soft, ripe green (for white wines) and red (for red wines) berries. Each of our 10 grape vari­eties mature at dif­fer­ent times and at dif­fer­ent speeds, but one thing is cer­tain for all of them: birds and ground squir­rels know when the grapes are get­ting ripe. So, in order to pro­tect the grapes we’ve so care­ful­ly cul­ti­vat­ed, we put nets over every row of grapevines. We then take sam­ples from each block, test­ing the brix (sug­ar lev­els) of the matur­ing grapes in antic­i­pa­tion of har­vest. Once the grapes reach a cer­tain brix, it’s time to harvest!

Our vine­yard crew has now start­ed to work at night and will con­tin­ue to do so through Octo­ber. They hand pick the grapes at night for two rea­sons. First, it allows our crew to work in cool­er tem­per­a­tures, escap­ing the intense sun and the +90°F heat San­ta Bar­bara Coun­ty receives this time of year. Sec­ond­ly, it pre­serves the qual­i­ty of the grapes as they arrive to our win­ery. Tem­per­a­ture has a strong effect on the fer­men­ta­tion process, so we want to start the wine­mak­ing process with cool, whole berries that haven’t split open. 

The 2019 har­vest began on Sep­tem­ber 13 with all our Viog­nier fruit and some of our Chardon­nay fruit. Most of the grapes will be arriv­ing to the win­ery in Octo­ber and ear­ly Novem­ber, so stay tuned for the Quar­ter 4 release letter!

Inside our Winery

In the win­ery, we blend­ed and racked the major­i­ty of 2018 red wines that are aging in oak bar­rels, cre­at­ing our final red wine blends from all of the var­i­ous lots. Our main focus, how­ev­er, has been prep­ping the win­ery, crush­pad, and bar­rel rooms for the upcom­ing har­vest sea­son. We spent time work­ing through our emp­ty bar­rels, check­ing the press and oth­er equip­ment, and deep clean­ing the 88 one and one-and-a-half ton fer­men­tors the grapes will be put into. 

Dur­ing har­vest, the grapes get deliv­ered to our win­ery crush­pad direct­ly from the vine­yard, usu­al­ly between 8am — 10am. We will process any­where from one ton per day to 20 tons per day. You will learn more about our wine­mak­ing phi­los­o­phy and process­es with the Quar­ter 4 release!

Wines in This Shipment

Select a wine below for more details

  • 2018 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache Blanc

    Picked at lower sugars than previous vintages, the 2018 vintage is fresh and inviting with bright candied lemon, orange blossom, and spice aromatics. The mouth is filled with more lemon-lime, citrus, and spice flavors with a rounded texture and a juicy finish with vibrant acidity. A new style for this wine versus previous vintages. Drink 2019 - 2022.

  • 2017 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache Whole Cluster

    We love this wine; the stem inclusion helps to bring additional balance and complexity to this 100% Grenache wine. The Whole Cluster Grenache shows ripe aromas and flavors of pomegranate, raspberry, spice, pepper, forest floor, and black cherry. The texture is very inviting and warm, the structure and tannins are generous and soft. Drink this epic vintage of PMV Grenache Whole Cluster now through 2035!

  • 2017 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah

    Another epic vintage of PMV Syrah, the 2017 is a little more linear than the 2016 with gorgeous aromas and flavors of blackberry fruit, game, pepper, chocolate, and smoke. A slightly cooler vintage overall, the wine has great acidity and balance to go along with its beautiful texture and length on the back end. Drink 2020 - 2035.

  • 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

    Packed with incredible depth and intensity, the 2017 shows expressive cassis, cherry, chocolate, tobacco, and herb aromas and flavors. The wine has big but elegant texture and weight, with fine grained tannins, all backed by great acidity. Young now, the wine should age beautifully for 25+ years. Drink 2022 - 2040+.