2018 Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec
2018 Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec: This blend of 45% Syrah, 39% Grenache, and other offers lush aromas of violet, lilac, lavender, vanilla and blueberry on the nose. The palate offers plenty of black currant and spice flavors, with sandy tannins and fresh acidity holding it all in check.
Our namesake red blend is back and bursting out of the glass! While the 45% Syrah is still dominant on the palate, the 39% Grenache is the first to greet you on the nose, with aromas of maraschino cherries, licorice, and fresh wild herbs. The earthy mouthfeel is complemented by flavors of ripe blueberries, jammy red cherries, and juicy blackberries. The 9% Mourvedre and 7% Counoise lend a balance to the 2018 Cuvee le Bec, reflecting the complex layers brought about by different picks in the vineyard and various winemaking techniques. A true crowd pleaser! Drink now through 2038.
I have always loved this wine. This is one of those wines that I remember tasting for the very first time. It was 20 plus years ago and I can remember where I was which town and which restaurant. The depth of fruit concentration, the richness all cloaked in silk and satin on the palate and finish. The wine is Beckman Vineyards 2018 “Cuvee Le Bec”, and if you have been enjoying wine for as long as I have, you know these wines. The Beckman Family are one of the pioneering families of the California Rhone movement, a band of young, eccentric and passionate winemakers who were obsessed with the red blends from Southern France and Chateauneuf du Pape and saw the potential for greatness in the soils of California. These gentlemen, coined as the “Rhone Rangers” included Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon (cover of Wine Spectator), John MacCready of Sierra Vista, Fred Cline of Cline Cellars, and Bob Lindquist of Qupe Wine Cellars. The Beckmans’ wines have always been under the radar, coming in and out of the market with little notice. However, Tom Beckman’s son, Jeff, came onboard in 2016 after a 24-year career on Wall Street and is increasing the wine’s distribution. We could not be more excited. This is hardcore, Cali Rhone, that is drinking superbly now and will age out all the way to 2038. That’s a 20 YEAR WINE, for under $20 a Bottle! Bravo to the Beckmans. This wine will floor you as it did me. Enjoy!
In 1996 Beckmen Estate Vineyards purchased Purisima Mountain Vineyard, a 365-acre Estate overlooking the Santa Ynez Valley, where there are ideal soils and climate for Rhone varieties. They began planting in 1997 and have completed a total of 130 acres at this time. The high density plantings are designed to optimize different hillside exposures and elevations.