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Spring 2019

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, we have no frost pro­tec­tion; the cold air sim­ply set­tles at the bot­tom of the vineyard.

With the intense rains we had this win­ter, we have a lot of cov­er crops and weeds to con­tend with. Since we don’t use her­bi­cides on our bio­dy­nam­ic vine­yards, we have a lot of work to do! Our ben­e­fi­cial cov­er crop 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. 

Once the vines start to grow, we will start shoot thin­ning. 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. 

Inside our Winery

We will begin our assem­blage – blend­ing our dif­fer­ent lots pri­or to bot­tling – for our 2018 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 and price points of our portfolio. 

Wines in This Shipment

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  • 2018 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

    Honeysuckle, passionfruit, citrus, and grapefruit flavors and aromas are abundant in this vintage of PMV Sauvignon Blanc. Stainless steel fermented, yet aged in neutral barrels, this wine has great texture and roundness in the mouth with juicy acidity that carry the complex flavors through the long finish. Enjoy now and over the next seven years.

  • 2017 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache

    Spice box, raspberry, strawberry, white chocolate, and violets jump out of the glass in the 2017 PMV Grenache. The mouth is round and generous with more red fruits, baking spice, pepper, and pomegranate flavors that cascade across the palate. This wine is a pure pleasure to drink right now and will continue to drink well over the next 10-12 years.

  • 2017 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah Clone 1

    An incredible vintage of the Clone #1 Syrah, the 2017 is dark, rich, balanced, and one of the best Clone #1 wines ever. Gamey, meaty, smoky, peppery, dark berry flavors and aromas run throughout the 2017 vintage. The wine is big and dense but has an incredible level of elegance, structure, and acid that keep the wine light on its feet. Young, but drinking very well now, the wine will benefit from some additional time in bottle and should age well for over 15 years with ease.

  • 2017 Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    Dark, rich, and dense, the 2017 SYV Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with vanilla, spice, cherry, cassis, and black currant flavors and aromas. As is typical with this wine, the mouthfeel is like velvet and the underlying acidity keeps the wine fresh and vibrant. An utterly drinkable vintage of the SYV Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 should drink well for a decade or more.