Beckmen Vineyards Red Rhone Blend Santa Ynez Valley Cuvée le Bec 2008
The 2008 vintage offered a warmer growing season than the previous two years, allowing us to pick the core of this blend, Grenache, at optimal ripeness levels. The cuvée's other varietals also benefitted from the warm vintage, ultimately contributing to complete tannin maturity, and a softer, more complex wine. The Syrah was hand harvested in early October, followed by Grenache, Mourvédre and Counoise in late October-all with low yields of 1-2 tons per acre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deep red. Ripe dark berries and cherry liqueur on the nose, with a subtle smoky quality. Blackberry and plum flavors are a touch soft but deliver good punch and a late note of bitter chocolate. Easy to drink but I'd have liked a bit more energy.
An excellent source of high quality as well as value-priced Rhone Rangers, Beckmen produces one of the wine world's finest bargains, the Cuvée Le Bec, a blend of Rhone varietals. The 2006 consists of 50% Grenache, 28% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre and Counoise. It is medium-bodied and soft with plenty of pepper, sweet cherry, herb, and spice characteristics. An ideal bistro red, it is a delicious, personality-filled, bargain-priced effort to enjoy over the next 1-2 years.
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.