Considering Rhone Blends

Learn about the three varieties that make up the wines of this region


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2010 Beckmen Vineyards Cuvee Le Bec Santa Ynez Valley 14% $18

44% Syrah, 34% Grenache, 13% Mourvedre, 9% Counoise
Spicy and herbal on the nose with hints of sandalwood and dried herbs along with a hint of vanilla over raspberry, blueberry and blackberry fruit. Very frutti del bosco here. Bright and lively on entry and very much in the style of a top Cots du Rhone. This has no fat to obscure the very pretty strawberry, herb and floral notes on entry, deepening to include dark cherry and plum flavors on the back end, all enlivened by lovely late arriving acids. The finish is a bit tight still, with tannins that appear out of nowhere, but this already a lot of fun and the perfect wine for a nice steak frites. 89pts Find it Here

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