2011 Beckmen "Cuvée Le Bec" Santa Ynez Rhône Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Starting off the reds, and a Cotes du Rhone-like blend of 46% Syrah, 36% Grenache, 11% Mourvedre and 7% Counoise, the 2011 Cuvee le Bec offers up ripe blackberry, cherry, smoked earth and spice aromas and flavors that lead to a medium-bodied, rounded and supple red that scores high on drinkability. Enjoy it over the coming 2-4 years. Drink now-2017. (JD)
The 2011 Cuvee le Bec jumps from the glass. Dark red fruits, flowers, tobacco, mint, licorice and spices all take shape in a vinous, mid weight wine best suited for drinking over the next few years. This is a terrific value from Beckmen, and a great introduction to the house style. Drinking window: 2013 - 2016.
Wine & Spirits
This blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mouvedre and Counoise is focused around bass notes of licorice and black plum. There’s a spiciness to the wine’s tannins, while mouthwatering acidity adds a glint of brightness to its dark core.
Shaded by creamy oak, this offers vibrant red and dark berry fruit that's fresh and snappy. A bit clipped on the finish, with gripping tannins...Drink now through 2025.
Comprised of 46% Syrah, 36% Grenache, 11% Mourvèdre, and 7% Counoise, the grapes for this 2011 Rhone blend were hand harvested after a long, cool growing season. Modest alcohol and good acidity mark the fresh, aromatic, and structured profile. The wine was aged for 16 months in (15% new French) oak to develop complexity, but not impart too much wood character.