Grape: Syrah, Viognier
Region: Oregon, USA
Located a 30 minute drive south of Portland, winding roads lead to a hilltop in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains where the Beckham Estate is located.
Andrew and Annedria Beckham moved there in 2004 with the intent on building a ceramics studio but became inspired by the local farming community and started a vineyard. With 17 acres of vines, they’ve constructed a tasting room, winery and what they originally planned to do, a ceramic studio.
Beckham Estate is likely the only winery in the world where the production of the terra cotta vessels for fermenting and aging is on-site and is integrated with the farming and production of the wines.
The grapes for the Syrah/Viognier are sourced from the White Family Vineyard in the Applegate Valley. Both the Syrah and Viognier fruit were de-stemmed and the Viognier was partially pressed with a portion of juice removed and used in another blend. The remaining Viognier juice and skins were added to the Syrah resulting in an approximate 83% Syrah and 17% Viognier co-ferment in amphora with no added yeast or SO2 additions and ages both in amphora and neutral French oak for ten months.
This wine is bright, giving us notes of raspberries and hints of savoury spices and white pepper.