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Sunday, May 03, 2009

2008 Beckmen Vineyards Estate Sauvignon Blanc

This small 1200 case production of estate Sauvignon Blanc is a great example of what this varietal can express if made with the right fruit and techniques. I'm not usually a huge fan of Sauvignon Blanc, and in fact I feel it's a varietal that is commonly not very well made. Beckmen is a small but pretty well known winery from the Santa Ynez Valley and is quazi-famous for it's production of Rhone varietals such as Syrah, Grenache, Rousanne, and Marsanne. 

The bouquet of this wine expresses aromas of gooseberry, freshly cut grass, grapefruit, mineral, wet stone, and just a touch of cat wizzz! - (this is actually not a bad thing when kept under control)

On the palate this wine is a complete stunner with it's beautiful and rich fruit intensity. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, gooseberry, and kiwi flavors impress and finish with bold, tangy, and spicy character. This is quite possibly one of the best SB's I have ever tasted! 90 points

 
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