Beckmen Vineyards

(805) 688-8664 2670 Ontiveros PO Box 542
Los Olivos, CA 93441
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Founded in 1994 by Tom and Steve Beckmen, Beckmen Vineyards is a family-run, estate winery located in Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley. Since its founding, Beckmen Vineyards has emerged as one of North America's premier producers of Rhone varietal wines, while also helping to establish Santa Barbara County as one of California's most highly regarded winegrowing regions. Eager to return to his farming roots, and convinced of the Santa Ynez Valley's vast potential to produce world-class wines, Tom Beckmen began searching for promising vineyard property in the early '90s. He found what he was looking for on a 40-acre parcel of land with an existing small winery. There he established Beckmen Vineyards. Working together, Tom and Steve began revitalizing the site. Convinced that the vineyard had been planted incorrectly, they painstakingly removed the 16 original acres of vines, and replanted the vineyard with carefully selected varietals, clones and rootstocks. Committed to building Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Marsanne

    Avilleran, Champagne Piacentina, Ermitage, Grosse Roussette, Hermitage, Johannisberg, Marsan Belyi, Marsanne Blanche,...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

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  • Beckmann la Purisima Mtn Syrah Ballard Canyon 2012

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    From a big vineyard, over 365 acres of which some 18 blocks planted to 8 clones of Syrah, at a variety of elevations between 700 and 1200 feet, this comes from the entire range of Syrah plots within the vineyard. The very top third up to about 1200 feet has very little topsoil, vines growing instead almost directly in the chalky limestone subst... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Whats your favorite penny saving cab and WHY?!  :)To make it easier, feel free to follow this format! Name: Belle AmbiencePrice (roughly): $9Why: Deep fruity notes of red berries, cherries and  a little vanilla dolce at the end. A perfect way to wind down and relax in the evening after a long hard day at work. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Beckmen Cuvee le Bec Santa Ynez Valley Red 2009

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    Bluish purple in the glass. Fairly floral nose--lilacs--with also some sort of caramel or molasses scent. Lots of flavors on the palate--slight sweet cherry on the tip of the tongue, cinnamon on the edges, anise at the back. Good acid. An unfortunate bitterness and some heat on the very back of the throat. US$16.99 at Total Wines. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • At Cork This! Winery, it's our goal to break down the traditional wine barriers and create an atmosphere where folks can relax, explore wine, and most importantly have fun! All of our wines are made and bottled on site. Read More

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  • Reply by EMark, 5 hours ago.This is too funny Fox.  Go over to the "Watchcha drinking tonight" thread and see what I just wrote about a Qupe Syrah.Ditto, Emark. Read More

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  • Funny emark.I really like Qupe and think their basic Central Coast bottling is one of the best deals around and a Syrah that can compete with many more expensive bottles from around the world. It's vintage-dependent though, so you need to be selective. Their higher end bottlings are more hit-or-miss but can be pretty good when they hit. One of m... Read More

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  • This is too funny Fox.  Go over to the "Watchcha drinking tonight" thread and see what I just wrote about a Qupe Syrah. Read More

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  • Well known producer with broad distribution.  Definitely one of the bigger names in Rhone grapes on the Central Coast, along with Stolpman, Qupe, Tablas Creek, some others that escape me.  I bought and enjoyed a rose of theirs some years ago.  I had the blend--probably the same one you bought--and have no memory of it.  Guessing it was inoffensi... Read More

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  • Emark - are you a Snooth Concierge member? There's a nice offer for a reserve tasting at Beckmen through our nascent "loyalty store" if you're interested. Just saw this thread and figured I'd toss it out there. Read More

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  • Thanks, Greg.  Very interesting.  Like I said, for $16 I'm not going to lose sleep if the bottle I bought is not great.  However, based on your comments I will try to drop by their facility and check them out.  I am really surprised that the Cab gets respect.  I am a Napa Valley bigot when it comes to California Cab.  Read More

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