2011 Beckmen "Cuvée Le Bec" Santa Ynez Rhône Blend

SKU #1132555 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)  (8/2013)


 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.  (7/2013)

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.  (10/2013)

Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/2014)

K&L Notes

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.

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2013 | Send Email
Winemaker Steve Beckmen and his team begin to build the Cuvee Le Bec every year at harvest. They get to know the grapes during the growing season and decide upon co-fermentations when the grapes come in. Some years, the wine is more Syrah, sometimes it is more Grenache or Mourvedre. There is a consistent character to the wine, though each vintage speaks clearly. More recently, the Cuvee Le Bec has been Syrah dominant, as Beckmen feels that it creates a more elegant, balanced wine.
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Rhone Blends


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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 14