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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 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.

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.

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 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 11: The Syrah cluster we have been following is on the left, and a different Syrah cluster (located on a separate block of the vineyard) is on the right. The purple color you see on the right is due to veraison, or the onset of ripening and changing of skin color. The cluster we have been following should reach veraison within the next couple of weeks. Exciting changes are happening in the vineyard! #beckmensyrah2015

Week 11: The Syrah cluster we have been following is on the left, and a different Syrah cluster (located on a separate block of the vineyard) is on the right. The purple color you see on the right is due to veraison, or the onset of ripening and changing of skin color. The cluster we have been following should reach veraison within the next couple of weeks. Exciting changes are happening in the vineyard! #beckmensyrah2015

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

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

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

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