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Beckmen Vineyards Cuvee le Bec Blanc 2011

Beckmen Vineyards Cuvee le Bec Blanc 2011

Sku: 025511

 Wine Advocate 88 points (Aug 2013)
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.

Wine maker notes
The vintage of 2009 brought us more warmth, which allowed us to pick the leader of this blend, Grenache, with optimal ripeness levels. All other varietals for this cuvee were also helped by the warm vintage, allowing for complete tannin maturity, creating a softer and more complex wine. The Syrah was hand harvested in early October followed by Grenache, Mourvedre and Counoise in late October, all with low yields of 1-2 tons per acre.

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