I picked up this wine as a benchmark for my Roussanne project but it became my Thanksgiving wine. Beckmen Vineyards is a family owned winery in the Santa Ynez Valley, the same place the grapes for the wine my Crushpad group is making. They are a winery devoted exclusively to Rhone grapes and, if this wine serves as an example of what they can produce, I’ll be coming back for more.
Beckmen Vineyards, “Le Bec Blanc” 2005 ($20) – A blend of 57% Roussanne, 30% Marsanne and 13% Grenache Blanc. Golden straw in color with aromas of white peach, almonds and orange blossom. Rich and oily in the mouth with citrus and pineapple flavors finishing with some minerality, nuts and spice.
Natural cork closure