The Certified Biodynamic Beckmen estate continues to move from strength to strength with their Purisima Mountain Syrah, as Steve Beckmen’s ripe, decadent 2017 Beckmen Vineyards Purisima Mountain Vineyard Ballard Canyon Syrah is more than a worthy successor to the winery’s glorious 2016 Syrah. This is an eye catching, deep purple potion that captivates the senses with beguiling scents of blackberry, boysenberry, lavender, woodland violets, and a delightful cache of well-integrated spices. In the mouth, this dense and beautifully endowed Syrah offers massive appeal in the form of rich berry fruits, purple plum, dark chocolate, vanilla and more. From its savory bouquet to its authoritative finish, the 2017 Beckmen Vineyards Purisima Mountain Vineyard Ballard Canyon Syrah embodies the essence of great Syrah. Although this wine is on track to continue its upward trajectory for up to a decade or more, the youthful 2017 Beckmen Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah is already an enjoyable, even profound wine, as its tannins are polished and ripe. For optimal enjoyment, we suggest decanting Beckmen’s sublime 2017 Syrah at least 30 minutes prior to serving at cool room temperature (58°-62° F). Enjoy!
The polished and profound 2017 Beckmen Purisima Mountain Vineyard Ballard Canyon Estate Syrah begs for the finest meat and vegetable accompaniments one can bring to table. Chateaubriand served Bordelaise style in a simple red wine reduction sauce, Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon, and Prime Rib of beef offer worthy complements to Beckmen’s Ballard Canyon Syrah. Crown Roast of Pork encrusted with an herb and black olive paste and served with roasted butternut squash provides another superb complement to this wine. Another favorite pairing with Beckmen’s quintessential Syrah is a Vegetarian Bouché consisting of roasted root vegetables in a pastry shell. Serve this dish with roasted baby organic potatoes brushed with of olive oil and fresh rosemary. Eggplant Rollatini and a traditional ratatouille with eggplant, zucchini squash, and plenty of garlic and Provençal herbs offer additional tasty accompaniments to Beckmen’s Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah. Bon Appétit!
“Biodynamic farming is organic farming, and then some. We go beyond organic farming by treating the farm as a living organism: self-contained, self-sustaining, and following the cycles of nature. We do not use herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, or nitrogen based fertilizer." - Beckmen Family
After many years as leaders and pioneers in the electronic music business, Tom and Judy Beckmen, joined by their son Steve, set out to make wines as distinctive and well-crafted as the keyboards and synthesizers that built their successful careers as founders and pioneers of Roland Corporation U.S. In 1994, their vineyard search led them to a 40-acre winery near the picturesque town of Los Olivos, which they purchased, and in 1996 to the theretofore undiscovered Ballard Canyon. In 1996, the Beckmens purchased an unplanted 365-acre ranch in Ballard Canyon and named it Purisima Mountain Vineyard after the name of the ranch. Today, all Beckmen wines emanate from the 150 acres of vines from their two estate vineyards and, thanks to the Beckmen family, Ballard Canyon enjoys an enviable reputation as the nation’s “hottest” source for world-class, biodynamically-farmed Syrah.
Syrah reigns supreme at Beckmen Vineyards, as it does throughout Ballard Canyon. Beckmen’s Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah routinely garners high praise and numerous 90 + point scores from critics, including Robert Parker Jr.’s Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine Spectator. Beckmen wines have also been served at official state dinners at the White House. In addition to award winning Syrah, this pioneering winery also fashions exceptional Grenache and Rhône style blends. The quality of Beckmen wines is simply uncompromising. Taste and see what great wines winemaker Steve Beckmen has in store for consumers and why biodynamic winemaking is practiced by the greatest wineries and winemakers.
Ballard Canyon enjoys its own distinct American Viticultural Area (AVA) within Santa Barbara County, thanks to the Beckmen family and a few other like-minded individuals who recognized the unique climate and terroir of Ballard Canyon decades ago and pioneered its planting. Ballard Canyon enjoys cool maritime influences from the Santa Rita Hills to the west and warmer temperatures from Happy Canyon to the east. With wind, soil and climate all conducive to the production of great Syrah, Ballard Canyon has become a premier source for exceptional Syrah. Possessing the finesse and complex aromatic profiles of the finest Syrah from France’s Rhône Valley as well as the beautiful fruit and physiologically ripe tannins that make California wines so appealing, Ballard Canyon truly shines with Syrah, so much so that Ballard Canyon has become synonymous with great Syrah throughout the world. What Napa Valley is to great Cabernet Sauvignon, Ballard Canyon now is to Syrah.
Syrah has been grown for centuries in the Rhône Valley of France, where it is responsible entirely or in part for many of the greatest wines of the nation (Hermitage, Côte Rôtie, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, specifically). However, the exact origins of the deep purple grape of tremendous flavor known as Syrah remains a question to debate. Nonetheless, historians do seem to agree on several points. First, Syrah was brought to Europe from the Middle East, yet when and by whom still remain mysteries. The other point that enjoys widespread consensus is that the name Shiraz, from the Persian city of that name, is the likely origin of the grape variety’s name. In any case, Syrah or Shiraz flourishes today not only in the south of France but in other Mediterranean climates. It fares particularly well in Australia, California, Chile and South Africa, where it answers to either Syrah or Shiraz. But no matter the name, Syrah remains one of the world’s finest grapes; it earns a place in every serious wine drinker’s glass, but only long enough to bring a smile to one’s face.
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