Crafted from 100% Certified Biodynamically farmed Syrah, the brooding, deeply colored, nearly impenetrable 2019 Beckmen Vineyards Purisima Mountain Vineyard Ballard Canyon Syrah (94 Points – Vinous) captivates all of the senses from the moment it is poured. A gush of blackberry, boysenberry, violet, cured meats, and sizzling bacon wrapped in fine grain oak pour from the glass. In the mouth, this dense, beautifully endowed Syrah offers massive appeal in the form of rich black fruits, dark chocolate, wood smoke, and pepper, all wrapped in highly polished tannins. From its beguiling aroma to its bold mouth-filling flavors that culminate in an explosive finish, the 2019 Beckmen Vineyards Purisima Mountain Vineyard Ballard Canyon Syrah embodies the essence of great Syrah. Although quite enjoyable now, even profound, the 2019 Beckmen Vineyards Purisima Mountain Vineyard Ballard Canyon Syrah will continue to improve in bottle for more than a decade. For optimal enjoyment, we suggest at least 30 minutes of aeration before serving at cool room temperature (58°-62° F). Anticipated maturity: 2022-2035. Enjoy!
The youthful, well-endowed 2019 Beckmen Purisima Mountain Vineyard Ballard Canyon 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 Grilled Loin Colorado Lamb Chops offer just a few 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 tasty accompaniments, too.
“When you open a bottle of BECKMEN, you are opening a piece of our history. Good wine comes from good grape juice – that comes from good grapes, that comes from great plants, that grew on the right soil, all nurtured by the vision, passion and dreams of a family.”— Beckmen Family
Beckmen has established itself as a leading purveyor of sensational, crowd-pleasing Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from California’s most exciting AVAs. 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 Syrah.
Syrah reigns supreme at Beckmen Vineyards as it does throughout Ballard Canyon. Beckmen’s Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah routinely garners high praise and 90+ point scores from critics, including Robert Parker Jr.’s Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator. The 2019 Beckmen Purisima Mountain Vineyard Ballard Canyon Syrah (this month’s feature) garnered 94 points from Vinous. Beckmen wines have also been served at official state dinners at the White House. This pioneering winery also fashions exceptional Grenache and Rhône style blends. The quality of Beckmen wines is simply uncompromising. Taste and see!
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.
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