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2012 Purple Beast Santa Barbara County

2012 Purple Beast Santa Barbara County
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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.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Red Blend
Appellation
Santa Barbara County
pH
3.68
Aging
19 months in older, neutral French oak barrels
Bottling Date
July 2014
Residual Sugar
0.030% g/L
Tannin
0.78 g/L
Alcohol %
15
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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.
Vineyard Notes
Tierra Alta Vineyard sits at very high elevation in the Santa Ynez valley. This elevation provides great exposure to the long days of sunshine we have here in Santa Ynez.
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.
Production Notes
135 Cases Produced
Winemaker Notes
40% La Presa Vineyard Petite Sirah
40% Estelle Vineyard Tempranillo
15% Estelle Vineyard Syrah
5% Tierra Alta Vineyard Syrah