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Along with Richard Sanford, Steve Beckmen has been one of the leaders of organic and biodynamic grape farming in the Santa Ynez Valley...and he has quite the bevy of high scores to show he's doing things right!

The Beckmen family have two properties in Santa Barbara County; one in Ballard Canyon planted mostly to Rhone varietals, but their Cabernet comes predominantly from the estate surrounding their winery in Los Olivos. The gravelly, well-drained soil and warm climate is a perfect match for Cabernet Sauvignon. Planted on the hilltops and slopes of the property where vines struggle the most, the resulting grapes have greater complexity and more intense flavors due to the minimal amount of topsoil. The vineyard is also planted with higher density to moderate the amount of fruit each vine has to ripen. Beckmen also buys a small amount of fruit from like-minded growers in Santa Ynez, and we feel this adds to the complexity of the wine.

It is always tough to follow a great vintage, but this 2019 is most definitely a worthy successor to the fantastic 2018, as this released earned a wonder 93-point score from esteemed critic Antonio Galloni! He writes that this wine "delivers the goods", and this is a score that's attached to many Napa or Sonoma wines that sell for 2 or 3 times this price!

Aged for 18 months in 30% new French and American oak barrels, the 2019 shows classic aromas and flavors of cherry, black currant, vanilla, tobacco, and earth. This is medium-to full-bodied, with a mouthfeel that's smooth, round, and shows great freshness from the cooler vintage that carries the fruit on the very long finish. Approachable and ready to drink now, the wine will age wonderfully over the next 12-15 years.

ANTONIO GALLONI 93 POINTS - "The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Ynez Valley) captures all the intensity of Cabernet from this part of Santa Barbara County in a cooler vintage that yielded wines built more on savory intensity rather than volume. Elegant and nuanced, the 2019 delivers the goods. A rush of red/purplish fruit, dried herbs, rose petal and mint builds into the persistent finish."
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