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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 ... Read more
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 o... Read more
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 th... Read more
Food Pairings for Beckmen Vineyards Red Rhone Blend Santa Ynez Valley Cuvée le Bec
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
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.
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.
I love this wine! Beckmen's 2000 Cuvée Le Bec is loaded with plush and spicy black cherry and cassis flavors, finishing in nice accord with subtle touches of oak and tobacco. I am a big fan of the Rhône-style wines coming out of Santa Barbara County, and Beckmen is not only at the cutting edge of this phenomenon but is also turning out what are certainly some of its best values. With very little acidity and soft tannins, it has been observed that this could be the very finest wine EVER MADE for chili and other similarly spicy foods.
Cuvée Le Bec gets all its fruit from the Rhône Ridge of the Stolpman Vineyard in the Ballard Canyon area of the Santa Ynez Valley. It is unique for its exposures and its complex limestone soil, and produces richly concentrated fruit with tremendous varietal expression.
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.
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.
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.
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