2009 Beckmen Syrah Clone #1 Purisima Mountain

Year: 2009
Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 92
Red Wine
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"The 2009 Syrah Clone #1 Purisima Mountain Vineyard is a huge, dark wine bursting with black fruit, smoke, tar and licorice. It shows fabulous intensity all the way through to the explosive, resonant finish, where hints of mocha, tar, menthol and espresso add the final layers of complexity. This big wine needs at least a few years in bottle to settle down, but it is hugely promising. The wine spent 14 months in French oak, 55% new. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

This is a fabulous set of wines from Beckmen Vineyards. I was especially impressed with the reds. The estate works almost exclusively with biodynamically farmed fruit, uses indigenous yeasts and (with one exception) has a very refined approach to cooperage." (WA)

"Opaque ruby. Pungent, exotic perfume of dark berry preserves, olive, fresh flowers and smoky Indian spices. Stains the palate with blueberry and mulberry flavors, picking up notes of bitter chocolate and fruitcake with aeration. Juicy and focused on the finish, which shows an alluringly sweet quality and excellent persistence." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
This is one of those wines you can just drink in through the nose. The aromatics offer up layers of mocha, plum, violet, blackberry, tar and mesquite. On the mouth, flavors of plum, blackberry, dark chocolate and minerals lead to a lush mid-palate before concluding with notes of smoky oak. The tannins are sizable, yet plush and integrated. This vintage of Clone #1 reminds us of the great 2007. It should age effortlessly for 12-15 years.