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
An outstanding bargain is the 2005 Cuvee Le Bec, a blend of 52% Grenache, 34%, Syrah, 8% Mourvedre, and 5% Counoise. It is difficult to find a California wine this good and this complex at such a price. This Cotes du Rhone-like red is a sexy, juicy, medium-bodied effort offering loads of pepper, white currants, cherries, and licorice. Silky-textured with enough acidity and freshness for vibrancy, this fruity, lovely 2005 should drink well for several years.
One of the finest values in the Central Coast is their Cuvée Le Bec, and the 2007, a blend of 44% Grenache, 28% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, and 8% Counoise, is one of the two great Côtes du Rhône look-alikes of the Central Coast (the other being the 2007 Côtes de Tablas). This is the type of wine that California can do so well, but rarely does. Part of the reason may be due to the difficulty of trying to convince consumers that a proprietary blend, available at a much lower price, can ultimately be better than some single varietal wines. The sure 2007 Cuvée Le Bec is a sexy, delicious concoction of red and black cherries, black currants, pepper, spice box, and fruitcake. Medium to full-bodied and pure with supple tannins and a fleshy, lush personality, it will provide immense pleasure over the next 3-4 years.
Deep red. Spicy red berry and floral aromas are brightened by zesty cracked pepper and mineral qualities. Bright and racy, offering tangy redcurrant and strawberry flavors, with minimal tannins. Finishes with repeating spiciness and very good length. This is a great value, delivering seriously impressive complexity for the price.
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.
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.
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.
Dark red. Slightly cooked red fruits, cherry cough syrup and gingerbread on the nose. Sweet, lush and thick, with strong fruit and smoky oak flavors. Could use a bit more verve and lift. Finishes with slightly aggressive, cooked flavors.
Food Pairings for Beckmen Vineyards Red Rhone Blend Santa Ynez Valley Cuvée le Bec
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