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Beckmen 2018 cuvee le bec

2020 Winter Wine Releases

Posted: Feb 12, 2020

We release four new wines every quar­ter, three of which are pro­duced in extreme­ly lim­it­ed quan­ti­ties and only avail­able direct­ly from our Los Olivos win­ery. The wines are first shared with our Wine Club mem­bers, and then avail­able to the gen­er­al pub­lic the fol­low­ing quar­ter. These excep­tion­al, small pro­duc­tion wines often sell out quick­ly, so join­ing our Wine Club ensures you’ll be able to savor these hand­craft­ed wines and order more to enjoy in the years to come.

Shar­ing our wines for the first time after the years of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to mak­ing them is excit­ing. We hope you enjoy drink­ing these wines as much as we enjoyed craft­ing them! These are the four wines we released in Feb­ru­ary 2020.

2018 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay

The beau­ti­ful­ly crisp and min­er­al-dri­ven 2018 Purisi­ma Moun­tain Vine­yard Chardon­nay is packed with lay­ers of rich fla­vors that con­tin­ue to evolve as the wine breathes. Decant this bot­tle and watch as the palate flows from notes of dried lemons to apri­cots, and baked gold­en apples to tart pineap­ple, all with sub­tle under­tones of caramel. The long-last­ing fin­ish is fur­ther high­light­ed by a bright, mouth-water­ing acidity. 

  • Drink: 2020 — 2040
  • Cas­es Pro­duced: 175
  • AVA: Bal­lard Canyon


2018 Estate Grenache

The sec­ond vin­tage of Estate Grenache — grown on the warm grav­el of the south­ern­most three acres on the Thomas and Judith Beck­men Estate Vine­yard — fea­tures a dif­fer­ent pro­file than the 2017 vin­tage. A longer hang time allowed the Grenache grapes to devel­op bold­er fla­vors and com­plex­i­ties, fea­tur­ing opu­lent fruit fla­vors and tan­nins that feel like cocoa pow­der across the palate. Aged in 500L pun­cheon bar­rels with 15% new French oak, the aro­mas and fla­vors of ripe black cher­ries and dark plums are beau­ti­ful­ly bal­anced with baker’s spices, anise, and clove. 

  • Drink: 2020 — 2033
  • Cas­es Pro­duced: 400
  • AVA: Los Olivos District


2018 Cuvee le Bec

Our name­sake red blend is back and burst­ing out of the glass! While the 45% Syrah is still dom­i­nant on the palate, the 39% Grenache is the first to greet you on the nose, with aro­mas of maraschi­no cher­ries, licorice, and fresh wild herbs. The earthy mouth­feel is com­ple­ment­ed by fla­vors of ripe blue­ber­ries, jam­my red cher­ries, and juicy black­ber­ries. The 9% Mourve­dre and 7% Counoise lend a bal­ance to the 2018 Cuvee le Bec, reflect­ing the com­plex lay­ers brought about by dif­fer­ent picks in the vine­yard and var­i­ous wine­mak­ing tech­niques. A true crowd pleaser!

  • Drink: 2020 — 2038
  • Cas­es Pro­duced: 3,950
  • AVA: San­ta Ynez Valley


2017 TLB

The final wine to be released from the 2017 vin­tage is arguably the best wine we craft­ed that year: the TLB. With sev­en more months in bar­rel than pre­vi­ous vin­tages, includ­ing 75% new French oak, this co-fer­ment­ed blend of 85% Caber­net Sauvi­gnon and 15% Syrah is refined and packed with lay­ers of fla­vor. The bou­quet is over­flow­ing with aro­mas of rasp­ber­ry jam, cocoa pow­der, and vanil­la. The palate then moves into bold fla­vors of black plums, black­ber­ries, dark cher­ries, and ripe blue­ber­ries! All of this helps mask the bold tan­nins that can car­ry this wine for decades. We rec­om­mend decant­i­ng this wine if you are going to enjoy it soon. 

  • Drink: 2020 — 2050
  • Cas­es Pro­duced: 350
  • AVA: Los Olivos District


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