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Spring 2022

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Springtime Budbreak

In our Estate Vineyards

Spring­time is a peri­od of growth and renew­al in our vine­yards, as our vines wake up from their win­ter dor­man­cy and their buds come out to say hel­lo. The spring months are also a chal­leng­ing time of year due to the dan­ger of frost on the 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 over­head sprin­klers for frost pro­tec­tion on only rough­ly 10% of the grapevines. 

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Racking Grenache.

Inside our Winery

Dur­ing the spring months we begin our assem­blage – blend­ing our dif­fer­ent lots pri­or to bot­tling – for our 2021 red wines, which is a real­ly fun time as a wine­mak­er! It allows us a sneak pre­view of the next vintage. 

The bar­rel room remains a reflec­tion of the vine­yard. 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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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.

Spring is when we incor­po­rate our com­post into the vine­yard. The com­post is made from the manure of our farm ani­mals (cows, pigs and chick­ens) along with the BD com­post preps 502 – 507. This is applied through our drip sys­tem to enhance fer­til­i­ty and encour­age the growth of micro­bial life in the soil.

Once there is some vine growth lat­er in the spring, herbal teas are applied to help with any micronu­tri­ent needs, sap flow, and over­all health of the vine. These herbs include net­tles, chamomile, and dan­de­lion that we har­vest from around the farm.

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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Block Five of our Estate Vineyard

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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  • Intense and lifted aromas of lemon-lime, grapefruit, passionfruit, and green apple highlight the 2021 Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc. The cool conditions during the growing season created an energetic wine with bright, zippy acidity. Expressive candied lemon, pink grapefruit, and passionfruit flavors lead to a chalky mineral finish. This is one of our favorite releases of this wine in recent memory. This year's release was sourced entirely from Purisima Mountain Vineyard, which makes it biodynamic! It should be consumed over the next 5-7 years.

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  • Classic Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah aromas and flavors of black fruits, chocolate, game, pepper, and smoke are ripe and intense in the 2020 vintage. Very ripe, fine tannins frame the bold flavors and rounded texture. Somehow through all the heat, our fruit retained beautiful acidity which balances out the bold and rich flavors creating an awesome vintage of Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah with classic texture and structure. Drinking great now, the wine will age gracefully for the next 12-15+ years.

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  • Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah made from our 12–15-year-old own-rooted vines, planted on no rootstock, just Syrah rooted in place within the blocks. The wine is serious, dark, rich, layered, and savory with black fruits, pepper, game, roasted espresso, and chocolate flavors and aromas that are bold and intense. This wine has a strong tannic backbone that provides ample structure for the weighty flavors and carries them on the incredibly long finish. The inaugural release of this Syrah, the 2020 Own is epic! Still in its youth (decanting recommended in the short term), the wine will age beautifully for the next 18-20 years.

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  • A WOW vintage of this wine that harkens back to some of the greatest ever (2001, 2003, 2008, and 2012). The 2020 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache is explosive, rich, textural with massive structure (tannins and acid), and amazing potential for long term ageing. Bright yet jammy aromas and flavors of raspberry, kirsch, pomegranate, and cherry build a layered palate of fruit with roasted herbs, mineral, and white pepper notes in the background adding even more depth and complexity. This wine is stunning and will go down as one of the finest we have ever bottled. Youthful right now (decanting is suggested in the short term), the wine will age effortlessly for the next 20+ years.

    Retail: $66

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