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Week 12: Today, we leaf plucked the Syrah block we have been following for the past three months. The vineyard grounds are littered with leaves, bringing an air of autmn to this hot summer day. Our crew tore off select leaves surrounding the grape clusters, allowing the clusters to receive more direct sunlight and better air circulation. No longer is our cluster hidden amongst the vines. #beckmensyrah2015

Week 12: Today, we leaf plucked the Syrah block we have been following for the past three months. The vineyard grounds are littered with leaves, bringing an air of autmn to this hot summer day. Our crew tore off select leaves surrounding the grape clusters, allowing the clusters to receive more direct sunlight and better air circulation. No longer is our cluster hidden amongst the vines. #beckmensyrah2015

Week 18: A view inside the netting.  Birds would love these juicy berries, but we need each and every one #beckmensyrah2015 #beckmenvineyards #harvest2015 #vintage2015 #syrah #santabarbara #california

Week A view inside the netting. Birds would love these juicy berries, but we need each and every one

Week 2: Change! The flower caps are still attached and have changed to a tawny brown.

The flower caps are still attached and have changed to a tawny brown.

Week 1: Over the next six months, we will follow this Syrah grape cluster as it matures and is made into wine. Check in every Wednesday to see how our 2015 vintage is progressing! — at Beckmen Vineyards.

Beckmen Vineyards: A family owned vineyard and winery, crafting high end Rhône wines from estate grown, biodynamic grapes in the Santa Ynez Valley, CA.

Week 6: The grapes have grown and are starting to weigh down the entire cluster. But don't let the droopiness get you down...it just means we're getting closer to harvest!

Week The grapes have grown and are starting to weigh down the entire cluster.it just means we're getting closer to harvest!

Week 5: Fruit set is still occurring throughout our vineyards, as the flowers turn to green little spheres called grapes. This cluster is almost done!

Week Fruit set is still occurring throughout our vineyards, as the flowers turn to green little spheres called grapes. This cluster is almost done!

Week 8: Over the past two months we've been closely following a Syrah cluster through maturation. This week, we take a step back and look at the vine as a whole. Thankfully, this cluster is a standout! Stay tuned for next week's update

Week 8: Over the past two months we've been closely following a Syrah cluster through maturation. This week, we take a step back and look at the vine as a whole. Thankfully, this cluster is a standout! Stay tuned for next week's update

Week 10: Most people notice the Syrah cluster. This week, I'm in awe of the two perfectly placed leaves behind the cluster, supporting and protecting the vulnerable berries as they mature. Mother Nature is awesome.

Week Most people notice the Syrah cluster. This week, I'm in awe of the two perfectly placed leaves behind the cluster, supporting and protecting the vulnerable berries as they mature. Mother Nature is awesome.

Week 3: A burst of afternoon sunshine allowed us to capture the still-attached, golden brown Syrah flower caps. When the caps fall off, delicate white flowers will emerge. Check back next Wednesday to see if they've bloomed!

Week A burst of afternoon sunshine allowed us to capture the still-attached, golden brown Syrah flower caps. When the caps fall off, delicate white flowers will emerge. Check back next Wednesday to see if they've bloomed!

Week 4: They have officially arrived! Ladies and gents, those round green berries you see can now be called GRAPES!

Week They have officially arrived! Ladies and gents, those round green berries you see can now be called GRAPES!

Week 9: Notice how the Syrah berries towards the top are shiny? And the ones below are matte? That matte film is the natural yeast in our vineyard, and the berries towards the top are shielded by leaves. During the winemaking process, this yeast will eat the sugar in the grapes and turn the juice into wine. It's crucial and natural! #beckmensyrah2015

Week 9: Notice how the Syrah berries towards the top are shiny? And the ones below are matte? That matte film is the natural yeast in our vineyard, and the berries towards the top are shielded by leaves. During the winemaking process, this yeast will eat the sugar in the grapes and turn the juice into wine. It's crucial and natural! #beckmensyrah2015

Week 14: Have been waiting for this exact picture ever since week 1...to compare the beginning stage of the grape cluster to that exact cluster after its gone through veraison. How different they look! The cluster will continue to ripen over the next few weeks until all of the grapes are that beautiful purple hue. #beckmensyrah2015

Beckmen Vineyards: A family owned vineyard and winery, crafting high end Rhône wines from estate grown, biodynamic grapes in the Santa Ynez Valley, CA.

Week 16: Four months of following this Syrah cluster each week, and look how great it looks! But, the grapes still need more hang time, so the berries can continue to ripen. Follow #beckmensyrah2015 to see this cluster's gorgeous transformation from flowering, to fruit set, to veraison. Pretty cool stuff. #yourewelcome #syrah #education #learning #school #winegrape #wine #biodynamic #natural #organic #beckmenvineyards #beckmenwine #beckmenbeauty

Week 16: Four months of following this Syrah cluster each week, and look how great it looks! But, the grapes still need more hang time, so the berries can continue to ripen. Follow #beckmensyrah2015 to see this cluster's gorgeous transformation from flowering, to fruit set, to veraison. Pretty cool stuff. #yourewelcome #syrah #education #learning #school #winegrape #wine #biodynamic #natural #organic #beckmenvineyards #beckmenwine #beckmenbeauty

Week 7: The Syrah cluster hasn't changed drastically from last week, so instead we compare where two of our primary varieties - Syrah (left) and Grenache (right) - stand this vintage. Many people don't know that grapes mature at different rates, with Grenache ahead of Syrah. Wine lesson for the day!

Week 7: The Syrah cluster hasn't changed drastically from last week, so instead we compare where two of our primary varieties - Syrah (left) and Grenache (right) - stand this vintage. Many people don't know that grapes mature at different rates, with Grenache ahead of Syrah. Wine lesson for the day!

Week 13: A big week! The Syrah cluster we've been following has started to go through veraison, showing us a beautiful array of colors as the grapes ripen. We also netted the vines this week, to keep birds from harming the grapes #beckmensyrah2015

Week 13: A big week! The Syrah cluster we've been following has started to go through veraison, showing us a beautiful array of colors as the grapes ripen. We also netted the vines this week, to keep birds from harming the grapes #beckmensyrah2015

Week 15: Today we pulled the wine press out of storage. Harvest is almost here and the grapes are looking mighty fine (aka juicy!). Now we watch and wait! #beckmensyrah2015

Week Today we pulled the wine press out of storage. Harvest is almost here and the grapes are looking mighty fine (aka juicy! Now we watch and wait!

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