Beckmen Vineyards

Cuvée Le Bec Santa Ynez Valley Syrah Blend

8.9218 ratings
8.921 pro ratings
Santa Ynez Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
Syrah, Grenache, Counoise, Mourvedre
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The 2017 Cuvee le Bec, Steve Beckmen's red Rhone blend, is a tasty entry-level offering in this range. Lifted floral and spice notes add character to this flavorful, juicy red. A burst of sweet red/purplish berry fruit punctuates the finish. The 2017 is a bit fresher and more floral than it has been in the past. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2019)

The 2017 Cuvee le Bec, Steve Beckmen's red Rhone blend, is a tasty entry-level offering in this range. Lifted floral and spice notes add character to this flavorful, juicy red. A burst of sweet red/purplish berry fruit punctuates the finish. The 2017 is a bit fresher and more floral than it has been in the past. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2019)

Sep 26th, 2019
Gregg Gordon

Good not great tasty red

Good not great tasty red

Jan 13th, 2018
Boris Mathiszik

Very good GSM blend. Bought additional bottles. Top 10 2017 tasting at NCWC. Re-Tasting 12/26/17 - fantastic. Taking the unusual step of upping by two points to 92. Re-affirmed 6/21/18. Summer solstice calls for this delicious wine.

Very good GSM blend. Bought additional bottles. Top 10 2017 tasting at NCWC. Re-Tasting 12/26/17 - fantastic. Taking the unusual step of upping by two points to 92. Re-affirmed 6/21/18. Summer solstice calls for this delicious wine.

Dec 16th, 2017
Chip Hughes

Taut, focused and beautifully balanced. The 50% Syrah is lifted and fresh, while the other grapes blend seamlessly. Possibly the most underrated Rhone blend made in the US. #beckmen #santaynez

Taut, focused and beautifully balanced. The 50% Syrah is lifted and fresh, while the other grapes blend seamlessly. Possibly the most underrated Rhone blend made in the US. #beckmen #santaynez

Sep 8th, 2017
Mark Stranahan

Great wine in the $20 range from Los Olivos. Fruit forward and ORGANIC!

Great wine in the $20 range from Los Olivos. Fruit forward and ORGANIC!

1 person found it helpfulMar 27th, 2015
Lori Mike

Pours sangria in color. ON THE NOSE: Violets and red berries with a slight alcohol burn. ON THE PALATE: black cherry. Medium (-) body and short finish. Not a complex wine, but not meant for storing. Drink young.

Pours sangria in color. ON THE NOSE: Violets and red berries with a slight alcohol burn. ON THE PALATE: black cherry. Medium (-) body and short finish. Not a complex wine, but not meant for storing. Drink young.

Jan 29th, 2017
Mark Lindzy

This is a fun Rhone blend, and Steve is right: the Counoise really brings the room together!

This is a fun Rhone blend, and Steve is right: the Counoise really brings the room together!

May 3rd, 2016
Weijie Shi (Jay)

Cherry, strawberry jams, sweet spices, 15% lac so a little bit heat on the action, otherwise it's good. 2013 vintage

Cherry, strawberry jams, sweet spices, 15% lac so a little bit heat on the action, otherwise it's good. 2013 vintage

May 1st, 2016
Wes Hagen

1999 is showing beautifully. Each grape has a story to tell. Grenache struggling to stay juicy, Syrah giving garrigue and dense earthy complexity, Mourvèdre making it funky as always. Bone dry with a perfect amount of Brett. Fully mature and needs pot roast, venison, chanterelle mushrooms or smoked anything. Lovely at 16 years.

1999 is showing beautifully. Each grape has a story to tell. Grenache struggling to stay juicy, Syrah giving garrigue and dense earthy complexity, Mourvèdre making it funky as always. Bone dry with a perfect amount of Brett. Fully mature and needs pot roast, venison, chanterelle mushrooms or smoked anything. Lovely at 16 years.

Jul 10th, 2015
Nick Finarelli

For the price this is always solid.

For the price this is always solid.

Nov 21st, 2014