The family run Beckmen Vineyard located in the Santa Ynez Valley, California has become known as one of the premier producers of Rhone varietal wines in North America. The Santa Ynez Valley is wine country about an hour north of Santa Barbara, known for Chardonnay, Syrah, and Pinot Noir.
Off the beaten path – amid the rolling hills of Santa Ynez, Beckmen Vineyards produces an amazing 2010 Purisma Syrah. I was lucky enough to be gifted a bottle of the 2010 vintage by a coworker who speaks highly of the Beckmen brand. We were so impressed by the bottle that we scheduled a trip to Santa Ynez to visit the winery ourselves. After a light lunch we left the quaint village of Los Olivos and made our way to Beckmen. On driving up the serpentine road flanked by vines we remembered that we had visited Beckmen many years ago.
Upon exiting our car we were welcomed by a very friendly and well fed winery cat, who ate up every ounce of affection we could give it. Since winery dogs often get the lions share of attention, we were happy to see a winery feline sharing the limelight.
This bottle shows like a big Syrah should, exhibiting big richness and huge concentration on the nose. I found the aroma astounding, including black cherry, smoke and tar, with a pleasing subtle earthiness as well. The tannin was checked, and very restrained. It finished quite nicely with just a hint of dryness. I really liked this bottle, if you’re interested in big aroma and satisfying big full body then the Beckman Purisma Mountain Vineyard Syrah could be your bottle too. Its certainly not a cheap bottle but for a special occasion it could really fit the bill.
4.5 of 5 stars
Ah the holidays! You never know what wine will cross your path. This Christmas, Steve’s coworker introduced us to the 2010 Beckman Syrah. Beckman is located in the Santa Ynez Valley, only two hours north of our home. Sweet! That means we can go visit anytime we like. Day trips are totally possible. And for this wine, a day trip would be worth it. It’s luscious and layered and something that gets your tastebuds going. I am a big Syrah fan and this is a great one. Check it out if you’re ever in Santa Ynez Valley. You will be happy you did.
3.5 of 5 stars
Just the Facts M’am
2010 Purisma Mountain Vineyard Syrah
100% Estate Grown
$48 at the Vineyard