|Subregion||Santa Ynez Valley|
Beckmen wines are crafted almost exclusively from two estate vineyards in Santa Barbara County: the Thomas and Judith Beckmen Estate Vineyard in Los Olivos District AVA and Purisima Mountain Vineyard in Ballard Canyon AVA. Tending vines from dormancy through harvest since 1994, they have discovered, row by row, the unique soil and microclimate that best hosts each type of grape varietal ensuring every block in the vineyard consistently produces the highest quality fruit possible. All grapes are organically farmed and the vineyards are certified biodynamic.
With a little more Syrah in the blend in the 2019 vintage – 51% Syrah, 38% Grenache, 6% Mourvedre, 5% Counoise – the wine has a darker profile compared to the 2018 vintage. Black and blue fruits, licorice, violets, and pepper aromas lead the way in this outstanding vintage of Cuvee le Bec. A cooler vintage brings some fantastic structure and acidity, where the blackberry, dark cherry, licorice, pepper, and roasted herbs are complex and long on the palate. A terrific follow-up to the incredible 2018 vintage, the 2019 is in the same class and perhaps even a bit higher in quality. Drinking great now, the 2019 Cuvee le Bec will age beautifully over the next 12-15 years.
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