Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec 2008 Front Label
Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec 2008 Front Label

Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec 2008

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750ML / 15.1% ABV
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750ML / 15.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

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.

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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.
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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 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.

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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast California wine district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.

Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

While the Central Coast California wine region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few Central Coast reds and whites. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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