2013 Beckmen "Cuvée Le Bec" Santa Ynez Rhône Blend

SKU #1221494 91 points Vinous

 The 2013 Cuvée Le Bec, Beckmen's entry-level Rhône blend, is absolutely gorgeous. Dark, sensual and inviting, the 2013 hits all the right notes. Black cherry, plum, spice, menthol and licorice blossom into the supple, deeply expressive finish. The 2013 is a bit more Syrah-heavy than in some previous years, which contributes to its personality. Best of all, the 2013 is an absolute steal. The blend is 45% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 8% Counoise and 7% Mourvèdre. (AG)  (8/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Made from 45% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 8% Counoise and the rest Mourvedre, the 2013 Cuvee le Bec is a smokin’ value and savvy readers should buy a case. Giving up lots of ripe dark fruits, ground herbs, licorice and wood smoke, it’s ripe, mouthfilling and loaded with charm. Drink bottles over the coming 4-5 years. (JD)  (8/2016)

Wine Enthusiast

 This winery’s workhorse blend of 45% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 8% Counoise and 7% Mourvèdre shows aromas of boysenberry, asphalt, peppercorn and lilac on the nose. The mouthfeel is soft yet the palate is still wound up nicely, offering tart plum, black raspberry, black pepper, chipped slate and earthy flavors. (MK)  (10/2016)

Wine Spectator

 A red blend that's loaded with pepper, plus zesty flavors of black raspberry, toffee and smoky herb. Syrah, Grenache, Counoise and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2022. (TF)  (3/2016)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/5/2015 | Send Email
Ripe, rich, saturated dark fruit...and real crowd-pleasing, fruit-forward style, very accessible and a great value.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2015 | Send Email
It is not easy to find really good, easy drinking Rhone blends for under $20. Fortunately, we have the Beckmen "Cuvee Le Bec." Soft, ripe fruit, dark and rich but not overly juicy, this is a super easy-drinking red. The tannins in this wine are soft, but add to an almost surprising finish. The wine is super approachable and easy to enjoy, while still being serious on the finish. Good for cool evenings and harvest dinners.

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2015 | Send Email
As soon as I tasted the 2013 Beckmen “Cuvee Le Bec” I declared it the best Rhone Blend we had in the shop under $20, including wines from the Rhone. With the internationalization of the wines from the south of Rhone and the rising costs of wine all over the world, somehow this sneaks in at a tremendous value and still remains completely true to its parent varietals. Outrageous aromatics of whole black peppercorns, anisette, fennel, cured pork and wild berry fill the alluring nose. Juicy and full in the mouth, this is a ton of wine and is completely accessible currently. Full of blueberry, white pepper, crispy bacon, sage, chaparral and crushed stone the ripeness here is perfectly suited to keep the gamier, earthier flavors in check. I think I found my new go-to value wine!

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2015 | Send Email
The argument has been made that this wine is the best sub $20 Rhone blend in the store... And I've got to say, I am without a defense as to why it is not. Dark violet in color and chocked full of flavor. A true Rhone blend consisting of 43% Grenache, 34% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 8% Counoise. This cuvee is deeply structured and showing notes of dried violets, blue fruit and baking spices. This wine is drinking exceptionally well right now.

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2015 | Send Email
Lively black and blue fruits come to life with nice length and body. A great Cotes Du Rhone styled CA wine at any price point right now!
Top Value!

By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2015 | Send Email
Year in and year out, Beckmen has always delivered solid Rhone-styled blends that are truly Californian in fruit but classically Rhone in quality and texture. This is by far the best vintage of the Cuvee Le Bec I've tasted yet, and for this price, it won't last long. Talk about a crowd-pleaser for the upcoming holidays, well this is it! Act fast or forever be regretful.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

United States

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Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

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 (%): 15