Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec 2008
Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
This wine has deservedly earned a reputation as one of the great marriages of quality and value in California winemaking, consistently earning rave reviews with nods to its exceptional pricing. With its nose of blueberry, grenadine, licorice, lavender and smoke, and its sweet tannins and opulent Grenache-infused fruit flavors, we think the 2008 vintage is our best Cuvée Le Bec to date.
The Wine Advocate - "The deliciously fruity, yet also surprisingly complex Cotes du Rhone look-alike, the 2008 Cuvee Le Bec is a blend of 51% Grenache, 27% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre and Counoise. Earthy, spicy, peppery, meaty notes intermixed with blue and red fruits jump from the glass of this spicy wine. Silky-textured, sexy, with plenty of glycerin as well as surprising body and length, there is no reason to defer gratification with this delicious, terrific wine bargain. "
The goal of Beckmen Vineyards is to become the most prominent family owned vineyard estate in Santa Barbara County. Rhone style wines cultivated from Purisima Mountain Vineyard will be their contribution to the next chapter of winegrowing in the Santa Ynez Valley. To appreciate this goal is to be able to understand the history of the Santa Barbara Wine country and the pioneering spirit of Tom Beckmen and his family.
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. View all Beckmen Vineyards Wines
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The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country unto itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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