Beckmen Vineyards Red Rhone Blend Santa Ynez Valley Cuvée le Bec 2008

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The 2008 vintage offered a warmer growing season than the previous two years, allowing us to pick the core of this bl...

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The 2008 Cuvee Le Bec reminded me a lot of southern French reds (much more than the 2007). Twist and pour. Nose of dusty talc and hints of dark ber... Read more

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 bl... Read more

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 intermix... Read more

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Snooth User: dynowine
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09/15/2010

The 2008 Cuvee Le Bec reminded me a lot of southern French reds (much more than the 2007). Twist and pour. Nose of dusty talc and hints of dark berry-plum fruit. Attacks with firm acid that smooths out with 1 to 2 hours air time and that also brings out rich ripe deep lip-smacking fruit (dark berry e.g. blueberry, blackberry and some plum) in good balance with acid, tannin, and other elements (rhone spiciness, a bit of meaty taste, scrubland notes, and earthiness). Finishes with fading fruit, oak, some drying tannin, plus bitter chocolate that becomes more licorice and scrubland with air time. Just delicious and decent QPR for the price. Dry. Body medium plus, acid medium plus, tannin medium or higher.


External Reviews for Beckmen Vineyards Red Rhone Blend Santa Ynez Valley Cuvée le Bec

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


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03/13/2010

A Rhône varietal blend, ever evolving with watermelon, spicy-sweet red and dark fruits and touch of black licorice. Biodynamic and 100% hand farmed.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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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Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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.

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