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

Santa Ynez Valley - Santa Barbara - California - United States

Professional Wine Reviews for Beckmen Vineyards Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache 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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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

It isn't difficult to see how California became one of the world's most important, successful and influential wine regions. Since the first vines were planted in the state by Spanish pioneers in the 18th century, the region has made the most of its ideal climatic conditions, which range from hot, dry and arid to windswept and cool, for vineyard cultivation and wine production. Today, California has almost half a million acres under vine, and hundreds of independent and well established wineries dotted across its vast wine-making areas. Californian wines range from the traditional, and those emulating fine Old World wines, to the experimental and unique, and it is the home to many of the world's most exciting and trailblazing wineries producing excellent bottles for the global market.

Country: United States

Whilst there are several strains of native grape varietals in the United States, it was the introduction of the European species which prompted the country to begin producing wines on a large scale. Over the past few centuries, experimentation and cross-breeding has produced great successes in regards to the quality and suitability of the fruit grown in states such as California, Oregon, Washington and New York, and the past few decades have seen New World wines from the United States reach much higher standards. Arguably the finest United States wines have always come out of California, where the climate and terrroir is most suitable for fine wine production. The masterful blending of classic grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, amongst others including Syrah and Chardonnay, have had world beating results in recent years, prompting many to suggest that there has never been a better time for buying and drinking United States wines.

Appellation: Santa Barbara

When it comes to Californian wines, the region of Santa Barbara is highly respected, and has an ever growing fan-base who adore the big, characterful and flavorful wines the region produces. Santa Barbara benefits from the same west coast sunshine the rest of the state does, and has a fine set of soils which help give the wines some of their distinctive flavours. The majority of Santa Barbara wines are red, with Cabernet Sauvignon being an important grape varietal for the dozens of wineries which call the county their home. However, white wine production is very much on the increase in Santa Barbara, as wine-makers discover how good the blend of sunshine and Pacific wind can be for many classic French white wine grape varietals.