Profile: Inspired by Côte Rôtie and Châteauneuf du Pape, the Beckman family founded their winery in northern Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley in 1994. Thanks to their vineyards' limestone soil and the region's ideal growing climate, the Beckmans have been able to produce consistently lauded Rhône-style wines since the winery's earliest vintages. Although the Beckmans continue to focus on Rhône varietals, the much-acclaimed winery currently produces Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Syrah and blends Le Bec and Le Bec Blanc.
2008 Le Bec Blanc Varietal/Style: Rhône
Origin: Santa Ynez Valley, CA Vintage: 2008 Winemaker: Steve Beckmen Rating:14/20 Retail Price: $18
The 2008 Le Bec Blanc is a blend of 45 per cent Marsanne, 45 per cent Roussanne and 10 per cent Grenache Blanc. On the nose, the wine offers apricot, ripe pear and honeycomb with a hint of toasted oak. The fruit flavors continue on the palate along with a bit of tart apple, minerality and white pepper at the back of the palate and honey on the lingering finish. Serve it with a classic roast chicken, seafood stew or a vegetarian casserole. The wine would also make a beautiful accompaniment to a plate of fresh and aged goat cheeses.