Beckman Vineyards Cuvee Le Bec Blanc 2011- 19.57 – RP – “Also solid, the value-priced 2011 Le Bec Blanc is a blend of 42% Marsanne, 33% Roussanne, 19% Grenache Blanc and 6% Viognier that was aged 11 months (which is longer than previous vintages) in one- to seven-year-old French oak barrels. Offering up ripe peach, dried pineapple, flower oil and honeysuckle, it is a rich, full-flavored effort that stays lively and clean on the palate. A perfect mid-week workhorse, it should be consumed over the coming year or three. Drink now-2015. (JB)”
Beckman Vineyards Le Bec Red 2011 – 19.57 – RP – “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)” 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).
Beckman Vineyards Estate Grenache 2012 – 25.57 – The 2012 Estate Grenache represents an excellent value and is an outstanding example of California Grenache. Incorporating 5% Syrah, completely destemmed, and aged 12 months in older French and American oak, it offers pretty raspberry, strawberry, crushed flowers, vanilla bean and sweet spice in a medium-bodied, silky and textured package. Enjoy it over the coming 3-5 years. – Jeb Dunnuck, eRobertParker.com #214. $30 at winery. Earlier vintage served at the first Obama State Dinner.
Beckman Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – 25.57 – 100% Estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine was barrel aged for 14 months in 50% one- to three-year-old barrels, and 50% new French and American oak . A stylish wine with great balance and flavor. Red cherry and raspberry are followed by notes of charred oak, deep earth and subtle pepper spices.