Cuvee Le Bec, my favorite wine. So rich, so good.
An exciting Southern Rhone style blend from California, great out of the bottle with an authentic nose, richer fruit, and similar balance and varietal blend to its southern French counterparts. Expresses a California terroir not a French one; seems to settle down and become well-balanced much more quickly after opening than the French equivalents which can take time to integrate and smooth out. Has an cocoa-coffee and olive-herb finish not unlike the CdR blends. Nose of fruit and floral, later also cocoa and coffee, with mouthfuls of semi-dry smooth rich dark red and blue fruit with hints of smoke, spice, and pepper in the mouth, medium-plus weight, well-integrated tannins and acid, and a rich ripe fruity finish with a bit of soil and licorice that fades to olives or nut oil much like the French style. Tasted great with a garlicky mediterranean onion-pasta with basil. Prepare for the next "Freedom fries" embargo (hopefully that won't happen) and stock up on this 2007.
Very forward fruit, but without that bomb that coats your tongue and stops you from savoring the subtle tannic bite on the finish. A real pleasure to drink.
A very "Rhone" nose, almost CdP. A lot of earth to it, with dark berry fruit coming through. Massive attack, with somewhat harsh acidity. Flavors of blackberry and earth, with a touch of saddle leather. A bit hot on the finish, and that acidity sizzles. Perhaps a tad too young yet? Poured the rest in the decanter and will let it sit for a couple hours and revisit. After 6 hours in the decanter, the wine got worse...very acidic and bitter. Hot alcohol flavors on the finish. This definitely needs another year or two. Even 6 hours decanting didn't help this one. Ouch.
I came across this wine at new wine bar that recently opened in my hometown of Carpinteria. I bought it because it was under twenty dollars, and the story sold me. "The Grenache attacks the frong palate and fills the aromatics with bright berry fruit, the Mourvedre and Syrah fill the mid-palate, and finnish darkening the fruit, adding spice, while the Counoise provides a supple silky texture. Yum!! Most story lines are bs as far as I'm concerned but this one delivers. Try it. Very moderate tannins and a bit of sweet very subtle smoke with lots of berry fruit. Not sure what this would par well with, don't bother trying, just open up and enjoy with intimates or just plain good friends. Definitely a first or early dating winner.
External Reviews for Beckmen Vineyards Red Rhone Blend Santa Ynez Valley Cuvée le Bec
Everything came together to make this Grenache-based Rhône blend rich and delicious. It possesses mouthwateringly jammy flavors of cherries, chocolate and herbs, and is dry and balanced. The smooth texture makes it feel as swanky as wines costing far more. This is a great price for what you get.
A fine value, the 2002 Cuvee Le Bec is a blend of 46% Grenache, 23% Mourvedre, 22% Syrah, and 9% Counoise. Smoky, animal, and earthy notes intermixed with black cherry and currant fruit aromas jump from the glass of this medium ruby-colored offering. Elegant, plush, and juicy, with attractive fruit levels but no hard edges, this is Beckmen's interpretation of a tasty Cotes du Rhone. Consume it over the next 1-3 years.
Inky ruby. Cherry-vanilla, cola and dark berries on the nose. Supple and appealingly sweet, with deep black raspberry and cherry compote flavors and gentle tannins. The cola note resonates on the long, spicy, energetic finish. This is complex enough to enjoy now.
The 2009 Cuvee Le Bec is a fabulous wine for the money. Wild cherries, flowers and smoke are some of the notes that jump from the glass in this powerful red. Readers wonrsquo;t find a ton of finesse here, but the wine compensates for that with its superb drinkability. Sweet red fruit and licorice add complexity on the finish in a rustic wine that is ideal for everyday drinking. The Cuvee Le Bec is 45% Grenache, 34% Syrah, 14% Mourvedre and 7% Counoise. Anticipated maturity: 2011ndash;2014.
Ample berry fruit marks this full-bodied red wine, which is dry, with good tannins and soft acids. It's a Châteauneuf wannabe, a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Counoise. Simple and direct, it will complement grilled meats.
Beckmen is producing better and better wines from its large holdings on the Purisima Mountain in Santa Ynez. The 2001 Cuvée Le Bec, a 3,000 case blend of Grenache (47%), Syrah (34%), Mourvèdre (12%), and Counoise (7%), exhibits a Côtes du Rhône-like perfume of licorice, kirsch liqueur, and spice. Both neophites and connoisseurs will enjoy its medium-bodied, nicely-textured, complex, fleshy mouthfeel. Enjoy this Mediterranean-styled dry red over the next 2-3 years.
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