We really enjoyed the Beckmen Syrah Clone #1 from the Purisima Mountain Vineyard (we also like their Grenache and other Rhone varietals) and since the wine was on sale for $30 (usually about $45 in the NY area) we picked up a bottle. Although $30 is not necessarily cheap, 2004 vintage wines are hard to find now (and some of the wines in the tasting topped $100 per bottle!).
Beckmen's reds and whites coming from the Santa Ynez Valley are consistently good year to year. The Syrahs are always winners, including the #1 Clone from 2004, bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Upon opening, the deep red wine (almost purple) had aromas of rich, red fruit like a fresh pie hit you, but not in the candied way some cheaper or lesser quality California wines might have. Although it is ripe in style with a little raspberry jam and dark plum, this plush, concentrated and full-bodied wine has integrated and round tannins with subtle spice, pepper and resin to balance the sweetness.
A few years of bottle time has made this wine even better. Most ripe wines tend to die out after a few years but this has not.
We suggest letting this open up a little bit if you can find one, but who can wait? This is a delicious wine that is not over the top, even at 14.8%. Too bad we didn't pickup a second bottle for down the road.