Beckmen Vineyards Grenache Purisima Mountain Vineyard 2013 750ml
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Beckmen Vineyards Grenache Purisima Mountain Vineyard 2013

Beckmen Vineyards - California - United States - Santa Barbara - Santa Ynez Valley

Professional Wine Reviews for Beckmen Vineyards Grenache Purisima Mountain Vineyard 2013

Rated 94 by Robert Parker
One of the top example of Grenache coming out of California is the 2013 Grenache Purisima Mountain Vineyard. Incorporating 12% Syrah and aged 16 months in 10% new French oak, it's made in a bigger, richer style with ample notes of caramelized black cherries, blackberries, toasted spice and crushed violets all soaring from the glass. Ripe, full-bodied and voluptuous, with fantastic purity and fine tannin, this is a great Grenache to drink anytime over the coming 7-8 years.
Rated 92 by Decanter
The 2013 Grenache Purisima Mountain Vineyard Whole Cluster is darker, riper and more powerful than the straight Grenache, with plenty of depth and firm tannins that need time to soften. Striking aromatics from the whole clusters add nuance. Ideally readers should give the 2013 another 6-12 months in bottle and a good bit of air upon opening. The 2013 spent 16 months in used French oak barrels. (Galloni)

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Winery: Beckmen Vineyards

Varietal: Grenache

The purple skinned Grenache grapes have become, over the past few decades, one of the most widely planted grape varietals on earth, thanks to their unique characteristics and the fact that they are an ideal varietal for use in both single variety and blended wines. They tend to be very light in body, due to the fact that they have low tannin levels and not much acidity to them. However, they can add a boost of alcohol to any blended wine, and also offer their complex and spicy flavors of pepper and dark berries. Grenache grapes grow very well in dry and arid region, such as their native home of central Spain, and struggle with damp conditions in which they are prone to rot or develop mildew. Thankfully, modern techniques and technology has managed to overcome many of these problems, resulting in this varietal continuing to grow in use and popularity.

Region: California

When it comes to New World wine regions, it is widely agreed that many of the finest wines are grown and produced in California. The long stretches of coastline and the valleys and mountainsides which come off them are ideal areas for vine cultivation, and for over a century now, wineries have found a perfect home in the hot, dry state, with many of the wines produced here going on to reach world class status. The state is greatly helped by the brisk oceanic winds which cool the otherwise hot and dry vineyards, which hold mineral rich soils covering vast areas and featuring many established wineries. The state is split into four main regions, the largest by far being the central valley which stretches over three hundred miles in length.

Country: United States

Of all the New World wine countries, perhaps the one which has demonstrated the most flair for producing high quality wines - using a combination of traditional and forward-thinking contemporary methods - has been the United States of America. For the past couple of centuries, the United States has set about transforming much of its suitable land into vast vineyards, capable of supporting a wide variety of world-class grape varietals which thrive on both the Atlantic and the Pacific coastlines. Of course, we immediately think of sun-drenched California in regards to American wines, with its enormous vineyards responsible for the New World's finest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, but many other states have taken to viticulture in a big way, with impressive results. Oregon, Washington State and New York have all developed sophisticated and technologically advanced wine cultures of their own, and the output of U.S wineries is increasing each year as more and more people are converted to their produce.

Appellation: Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is often overlooked as a wine region, however, the quality of the producing coming out of this coastal county cannot be ignored – many of the best New World red wines hail from Santa Barbara, and the wineries of the region are consistently impressing with their flair for experimentation. For over a hundred years, Santa Barbara has been using the blazing Californian sunshine and cooling Pacific Ocean breezes to produce classic French grape varietals of stunning quality and distinction, leading many people to refer to the county as the 'Californian Provence'. Indeed, the terroir of Santa Barbara is not so dissimilar to that of many great French wine regions, and this may go some way to explain why the red and white wines which are produced there pack in so many interesting and enticing features.