Beckmen Santa Barbara Cuvee Le Bec 1998

Red Blends from Central Coast, California

Item No. 23150
  • red wine

Winemaker's Notes

The 1998 growing season was greatly affected by the El Nino weather pattern with a cold wet spring and cool growing season the vines were slow getting started and slow in ripening. We finally got some nice weather in September & October which helped the grapes achieve full ripeness. The grapes for this wine were harvested in mid October with the Mourvedre and Grenache harvested from the Stolpman Vineyard and the Syrah from our estate vineyard. The hand harvested grapes were destemed and slightly crushed and fermented in open tops for 12 to 14 days depending on the lot. The varietals were all processed separately and then blended in May of 1999. After pressing the wine was put to barrel where spontaneous MLF completed. The Grenache and Mourvedre were aged in neutral French oak while the Syrah saw 25% new French oak. After the wine was blended it finished aging in neutral oak and aged for a total of 14 months. The wine is unfined and lightly filtered before bottling in December of 1999.

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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...

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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 Facts...

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Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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