FAMILY The Beckmen family established their Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley in 1994. After years as leaders and pioneers in the electronic music business, Tom and Judy Beckmen, joined by their youngest son Steve, set out to make wines as well-crafted and distinctive as the keyboards and synthesizers that built their successful careers as founders of Roland Corp, US. Their search for a promising vineyard ended in 1994 when they discovered a 40 acre winery near the picturesque town of Los Olivos, CA. It was here, in the heart of the blossoming Santa Ynez Valley wine region, that the family laid down their roots and established Beckmen Vineyards.
The Beckmens' commitment to building a world class estate vineyard led them to purchase an unplanted 365 acre ranch in nearby Ballard Canyon. Named after the ranch to which it once belonged, Purisima Mountain Vineyard was established in 1996. Beckmen Vineyards' wines are composed exclusively from the 150 acres of grapevine grown on these two vineyards, crafted with care in the original Los Olivos winery.
“A red Rhone style blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Counoise, the core of the CLB is balance. Harvested from vineyards on both their Winery Estate and Purisima Mountain Vineyard, the wine is predominately Grenache and Syrah in most vintages with lesser portions of Mourvedre and Counoise.
"“A magnificent Cuvee le Bec vintage crafted with 43% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 14% Mourvedre, and 8% Counoise, the blend leans heavily on Grenache compared to the Syrah-dominate 2013 and 2014 vintages. The flavors and aromas are brighter with more red-spectrum fruits, and complex layers of spices,
Vinous Media 90 "The 2014 Cuvée Le Bec is an absolutely delicious wine as well as a tremendous value. Supple, vibrant and impeccably well-balanced, the 2014 offers considerable near and medium-term appeal, with plenty of vibrant fruit pushed forward. Le Bec is 50% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 8% Mourvèdre
Vinous 91 "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
Wine Enthusiast 87 "One of the more reliable, affordably priced Rhône blends in the state, this mix of 43% Grenache, 34% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre and 8% Counoise offers slightly shy aromas of black and red licorice, red currant and cinnamon candy, tucked behind a layer of slate. The palate is more
Wine Advocate 89 "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
"Lean, focused and tangy, with green apple, lemon-lime and grass flavors that keep unfolding, ending in a vibrant, concentrated finish. The quality of our Sauvignon Blanc is arguably our best ever with tropical fruit flavors, good minerality, refreshing acidity and a juicy mouthfeel." ~Winery notes
Cellartracker 92"Classic rhone-clone from California...Beckmen is notorious for creating structured, fruit-driven, lengthy wines with this blend. TOP blended wine in my opinion coming out of the new world!" ~F.P.
Wine Spectator 91"Charming, with melon, peach and apricot notes that are ripe and fleshy, with spicy tobacco, lentil and mineral accents. There's great focus and intensity. Drink now. 1,200 cases made."
Wine Spectator 90"A real mouthful that packs in ripe, potent, powerful dark berry, spice, loamy earth and black licorice notes. Firm, chunky and rustic, yet charming, with a long, chewy finish. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Counoise." ~J.L.
Robert Parker 89 "The 2006 Syrah Estate reveals a deep ruby/purple hue, loads of blackberry fruit intermixed with notions of licorice and tar, a supple texture, and a savory, fleshy personality. Drink this mouthfilling Syrah over the next 4-5 years." Wine Review 90 "Santa Barbara County seems
Robert Parker 91"The complex 2006 Syrah Clone #1's dense purple color is followed by a sweet perfume of black fruits, acacia flowers, licorice, and forest floor, supple tannin, admirable concentration, and a long, textured mouthfeel. Enjoy this velvety Syrah over the next decade."
Robert Parker 93 "Of equal quality, but different in style, with less meatiness is the full-bodied than the Clone #1, rich 2005 Syrah Block 6 Purisima Mountain Vineyard. It offers copious quantities of pure, deep, blackberry and cassis fruit, less of the smoky, bacon fat character found in its
Robert Parker 89"The 2006 Syrah Estate reveals a deep ruby/purple hue, loads of blackberry fruit intermixed with notions of licorice and tar, a supple texture, and a savory, fleshy personality. Drink this mouthfilling Syrah over the next 4-5 years."
Robert Parker 88 "An excellent source of high quality as well as value-priced Rhone Rangers, Beckmen produces one of the wine world-s finest bargains, the Cuvee Le Bec, a blend of Rhone varietals. The 2006 consists of 50% Grenache, 28% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre and Counoise. It is