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Beckmen Cuvee le Bec Santa Ynez Valley 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Spicy and herbal on the nose with hints of sandalwood and dried herbs along with a hint of vanilla over raspberry, blueberry and blackberry fruit. Very frutti del bosco here. Bright and lively on entry and very much in the style of a top Cots du Rhone. This has no fat to obscure the very pretty strawberry, herb and floral notes on entry, deepening to include dark cherry and plum flavors on the back end, all enlivened by lovely late arriving acids. The finish is a bit tight still, with tannins that appear out of nowhere, but this already a lot of fun and the perfect wine for a nice steak frites. 89pts

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Beckmen Vineyards:
Founded in 1994 by Tom and Steve Beckmen, Beckmen Vineyards is a family-run, estate winery located in Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley. Since its founding, Beckmen Vineyards has emerged as one of North America's premier producers of Rhone varietal wines, while also helping to establish Santa Barbara County as one of California's most highly regarded winegrowing regions. E... Read more
Founded in 1994 by Tom and Steve Beckmen, Beckmen Vineyards is a family-run, estate winery located in Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley. Since its founding, Beckmen Vineyards has emerged as one of North America's premier producers of Rhone varietal wines, while also helping to establish Santa Barbara County as one of California's most highly regarded winegrowing regions. Eager to return to his farming roots, and convinced of the Santa Ynez Valley's vast potential to produce world-class wines, Tom Beckmen began searching for promising vineyard property in the early '90s. He found what he was looking for on a 40-acre parcel of land with an existing small winery. There he established Beckmen Vineyards. Working together, Tom and Steve began revitalizing the site. Convinced that the vineyard had been planted incorrectly, they painstakingly removed the 16 original acres of vines, and replanted the vineyard with carefully selected varietals, clones and rootstocks. Committed to building a world-class estate-vineyard program, the Beckmens also purchased a spectacular, unplanted 365-acre Santa Ynez Valley ranch in 1996. Naming it Purisima Mountain Vineyard, Tom and Steve began a meticulous planting process designed to maintain the natural diversity of the site. With an ideal climate and rare limestone subsoils similar to those found in Cote Rotie and Chateauneuf du Pape, the vineyard has proven perfect for producing a range of stunning Rhone varietals, especially Syrah and Grenache. Under the care and guidance of Tom and Steve, Purisima Mountain Vineyard has earned acclaim as one of California's great Rhone-varietal vineyards. Adding to its reputation as one of the most meticulously cultivated winegrowing sites in all of Santa Barbara County, the vineyard has been farmed 100 percent biodynamically since 2006. Reflecting a passion for quality and a belief in the natural character of the land, the adoption of biodynamic farming practices has only reinforced Steve's vineyard-focused style of winemaking. Believing that the wine in the bottle begins in the soil, Steve and the winemaking team craft wines that capture the unique terroir of Purisima Mountain. Beckmen Vineyards produces a full line of exceptional estate-grown Rhone varietals including Syrah, Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Rose, Marsanne, and the Cuvee Le Bec blend. It also produces small quantities of exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. Hailed for the excellence of its portfolio, Beckmen Vineyards was named Food & Wine's "Most Promising Winery" in the magazine's 2000 American Wine Awards. Since then, Beckmen Vineyards has lived up to that promise. In 2007, it was selected as one of the "Top 100 Wineries" in the world by Wine & Spirits magazine. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Beckmen Cuvee le Bec Santa Ynez Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 01/14/2013

Spicy and herbal on the nose with hints of sandalwood and dried herbs along with a hint of vanilla over raspberry, blueberry and blackberry fruit. Very frutti del bosco here. Bright and lively on entry and very much in the style of a top Cots du Rhone. This has no fat to obscure the very pretty strawberry, herb and floral notes on entry, deepening to include dark cherry and plum flavors on the back end, all enlivened by lovely late arriving acids. The finish is a bit tight still, with tannins that appear out of nowhere, but this already a lot of fun and the perfect wine for a nice steak frites. 89pts


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Snooth User: jjknight38
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4.00 5
01/03/2014

An excellent GSM blend with a touch of Counoise to complete the spectrum of wild blackberry, blueberry and other dark fruit characteristics. Clean, elegant and very easy to enjoy. An absolute gem at this price. Makes you smile every time you unscrew the cap.


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Vintage: 2010 01/03/2013

Classic rhone-clone from California...Beckmen is notorious for creating structured, fruit-driven, lengthy wines with this blend. TOP blended wine in my opinion coming out of the new world! ~F.P. - Cellar Tracker 92 Points The vintage of 2010 brought cooler temperatures to our region, which allowed for longer hangtime, lower alcohols and pristine acidity. The Syrah for this blend was harvested throughout October. The Grenache, Mourvèdre and Counoise were harvested by hand in mid-to-late November. The end result is a fresh and vibrant cuvée, with softer tannins that add to the satisfying nature of this wine. - WinerypH: 3.54 Total acidity: 6.1 g/L Alcohol: 14.0%



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