2012 Purple Beast Santa Barbara County
Does the name Purple Beast pay homage to the Beastie Boys? Or classic rockers Deep Purple? Or perhaps the name alludes to Prince and his Purple Rain? Or Hendrix and his Purple Haze? Our lips are sealed on this, so you can decide for yourself. Don’t be fooled by its quirky name, Purple Beast packs serious flavor. You’re treated to a seductive nose of plum, sage, anise and hints of dried orange peel. The blend of mostly Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, and Syrah has a fruit forward palate of cherry and red plum with earth, truffle and licorice. Try some paired with duck breasts with apricot-Szechuan peppercorn sauce or rosemary & balsamic marinated lamb shanks. Or embrace your inner rock star and pair Purple Beast with your very best air guitar playing.
Petite Sirah is not small in flavor, carrying rich, heavy tannins and bold flavors of pomegranate, blueberry and tobacco.
Syrah can be a very versatile Rhone varietal, generally having a medium to heavy body, branded with blackberry tones. Depending on the area it is grown, it can also have pepper flavors, making it an excellent compliment to a steak.
Tempranillo makes a soft chocolaty dark fruit flavored wine with many tones of cassis and muddled blueberries. Because of the low acidity it makes a nice sipping wine. 40% Petite Sirah, 40% Tempranillo, 20% Syrah.
Estelle Vineyard in the Happy Canyon AVA is a warm climate zone in the Santa Ynez Valley. This vineyard site is optimal for many Italian grape varieties allowing full flavor development.
La Presa vineyard sits high atop a mountain on the South end of the Santa Ynez Valley producing some of the most concentrated Petite Sirah we have found.
40% Estelle Vineyard Tempranillo
15% Estelle Vineyard Syrah
5% Tierra Alta Vineyard Syrah