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Cuvee Le Bec, my favorite wine. So rich, so good. Read more
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
An exciting Southern Rhone style blend from California, great out of the bottle with an authentic nose, richer fruit, and similar balance and varie... Read more
Food Pairings for Beckmen Vineyards Red Rhone Blend Santa Ynez Valley Cuvée le Bec
Cuvee Le Bec, my favorite wine. So rich, so good.
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.
An exciting Southern Rhone style blend from California, great out of the bottle with an authentic nose, richer fruit, and similar balance and varietal blend to its southern French counterparts. Expresses a California terroir not a French one; seems to settle down and become well-balanced much more quickly after opening than the French equivalents which can take time to integrate and smooth out. Has an cocoa-coffee and olive-herb finish not unlike the CdR blends. Nose of fruit and floral, later also cocoa and coffee, with mouthfuls of semi-dry smooth rich dark red and blue fruit with hints of smoke, spice, and pepper in the mouth, medium-plus weight, well-integrated tannins and acid, and a rich ripe fruity finish with a bit of soil and licorice that fades to olives or nut oil much like the French style. Tasted great with a garlicky mediterranean onion-pasta with basil. Prepare for the next "Freedom fries" embargo (hopefully that won't happen) and stock up on this 2007.
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
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.
A real mouthful that packs in ripe, potent, powerful dark berry, spice, loamy earth and black licorice notes. Firm, chunky and rustic, yet charming, with a long, chewy finish. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvegrave;dre and Counoise. Drink now through 2018.
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.
A Rhône varietal blend, ever evolving with watermelon, spicy-sweet red and dark fruits and touch of black licorice. Biodynamic and 100% hand farmed.
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.
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