About Beckmen Vineyards
When winemaker Steve Beckmen returned from Italy in 1997, he was convinced that his family's recently purchased hillside in Santa Barbara County would be perfect for growing Rhône varietals. His father Tom was skeptical, but since then, Purisima Mountain Vineyard has established itself as one of the finest sources of Syrah and Grenache in the Central Coast.
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Full deep ruby. Enticing aromas of blackberry, violet and licorice accented by subtle oak spices. Supple, creamy and sweet, with lovely intensity to its dark berry, dark cherry and bitter chocolate flavors. This fine-grained, nicely balanced, fruit-driven cabernet shows lovely ripeness without any excesses. Finishes with smooth tannins and excellent lift. It's hard to find sweet, attractive California cabernet for under thirty bucks that avoids greenness. (ST)
Excellent cab at a great price.......
Only got 4 bottles of this, wish it had been more. Surprising quality for the price. Finished the bottle the 2nd day with no drop off in quality. A very nice cab if you like a lot of fruit forward.....not subdued, not shy. Just good.
I second that, Matlock
by Ted Booth
Sadly I bought this twice on top-offs and didn't buy enough. One bottle the first time and two the second. I drank the last bottle last night and wish I had more. This is very tasty stuff and especially for the price. Sure there are better bottles out there but this has so much going for it as a mid-price offering.
by Matlock 14106597
I'm writing this knowing that there are way better Napa cabs out there, but this one was less than $20/bottle. The QPR on this wine is off the chain. This cab needs time to decant but will open up with a nice bouquet if you just give a an hour and change. I have no doubt it will age well. In this price range, there are few challengers that can compete with the quality of this vintage.
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found it's much better decanted - give it 30 minutes to breathe and it's a decent value. Wont ever make my 4 star reviews but a good value for a mid-week late night wine with pizza
I was bit concerned after reading a recent negative review. I bought a case which just arrived, and decided to give it try, even though the wine's still very young. It was certainly tight at opening, but after an hour decanting, it was simply delicious. Hints of black cherry, soft tannins. Very nice.
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