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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

2006 Beckman Vineyards Estate Grenache

The more wines I taste from this winery, the more convinced I am that they are world class producers.  The 2006 Estate Grenache is a 900 case production made with 100% Grenache from the Purisima Mountain Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley. The wine was barrel aged for 10 months in 100% neutral barrels to ensure full varietal character.

The bouquet of this wine is extremely explosive and shows brilliant red fruit aromas. Watermelon, fresh strawberries, and hints of vanilla are just some of the aromas I picked out that were very enjoyable. On the palate this wine touches down with massive strawberry notes accompanied by some really interesting cotton candy-like flavors and some very nice minerality too.

The wine appears to have a touch of residual sugar or seems to be sweet. This could be the case, and the wine could have a touch of sugar left in it after fermentation, or it could be a false sense of sweetness brought on by the high alcohol content. The wine comes in at around 15.5% alcohol and it does show a bit on the palate but this didn't ruin the experience of this blockbuster effort. This is the biggest, most explosive Grenache I have tasted in some time. The finish goes on for days! 91 points

tercero wines said...

If you enjoy this, I think you'll enjoy the 07 even more! Mikael Sigouin, the head winemaker there, KNOWS grenache - making it not only for them but for his own label, Kaena, as well . . .

I LOVE grenache and currently make single vineyard grenaches from a few vineyards in the Santa Barbara County area, including Watch Hill up in Los Alamos . . .

Thanks again for sharing!

Cheers!

 
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