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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
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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
The 2009 Cuvee Le Bec is a fabulous wine for the money. Wild cherries, flowers and smoke are some of the notes that jump from the glass in this powerful red. Readers wonrsquo;t find a ton of finesse here, but the wine compensates for that with its superb drinkability. Sweet red fruit and licorice add complexity on the finish in a rustic wine that is ideal for everyday drinking. The Cuvee Le Bec is 45% Grenache, 34% Syrah, 14% Mourvedre and 7% Counoise. Anticipated maturity: 2011ndash;2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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