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Fall 2021

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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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Our vineyard crew harvesting Syrah.
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Picking grapes at Purisima Mountain Vineyard.
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Our winery crushpad, with grapes ready to be processed.

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.

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Grapes being delivered to our crushpad, with the fermentors lined up in the background.

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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Sauvignon Blanc grapes being pressed.

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 or two 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 of the wine has been extracted.

8. The wine is put into oak bar­rels, where it will age for any­where between 10 to 30 months before being bottled.

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Our conveyor, with Enologist Rory Baldwin and owner Tom Beckmen sorting the grape clusters.
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Manually punching down fermenting grapes.

Visit Our Working Winery Estate

Fall is an incred­i­ble time of year to vis­it our estate in Los Olivos; the vine­yard is turn­ing a gold­en yel­low, and as the leaves start to fall, our grapevines are exposed. We’ve had a lit­tle bit of rain so we’re start­ing to see some green grass in the fields, too!

You can book your reser­va­tion here or call us at 8056888664 ext. 200. We are open for wine tast­ings and gaze­bo reser­va­tions dai­ly, and look for­ward to see­ing you soon!

Wines in This Release

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  • 2020 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay

    Bright and lifted aromas of Granny Smith Apple, candied lemon, pear, and mineral soar from the glass. The flavors are on target with more lemon, lime, apple, and mineral that are focused and intense on the palate. Aged in a combination of older oak and stainless steel with inhibited malolactic fermentation, the wine is bright and juicy with a very long finish. Drink this wine over the next decade. Crafted from 100% certified biodynamic grapes.

    Retail: $35

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  • 2020 Santa Ynez Valley Grenache

    Complex aromas and flavors of bright red fruits, spices, and a savory note that is not typical of this bottling, the 2020 SYV Grenache excels from this hotter than normal vintage. Plush and round on the palate, with fine tannins that frame the expressive flavors, this wine is drinking beautifully now and will age for at least the next decade or more.

    Retail: $36

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  • 2019 Barrel Select Cuvee

    The finest Barrel Select Cuvee wine we have ever produced, the 2019 blends 48% Syrah, 27% Grenache and 25% Mourvedre. The wine is delicious and is centered around an amazing core of dark fruit and spice flavors. The Syrah leads the way with dark fruit and game aromas, the Grenache lifts the palate keeping this intense wine light on its feet, while the Mourvedre provides some structure and length on the finish with dark fruit and spice character that lasts. The balance of the wine is impeccable and it should age beautifully for the next 20-25 years.

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  • 2019 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Block Six Syrah

    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.

    Classic Block Six Syrah aromas of game, pepper, blackberry, chocolate, and mineral highlight the 2019 vintage. Another stellar year for this wine, the palate is packed with more spice, dark fruits, chocolate, and plum with amazing texture, fine tannins, and balanced acidity. Delicious as usual, the 2019 should age beautifully for the next 25-30 years. Crafted from 100% certified biodynamic grapes.

    Retail: $70

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