May 18, 2005

Beckmen Vineyards 2003 Cuvee Le Bec

(Beckman Vineyards, Los Olivos, CA; about $15)

A recipe for summer: Take the rosemary that froze in the last big snow and toss it into the hot coals of a grill. Toss some lamb chops on the grill where they’ll soak up that herbal smoke, and roast until they are charred on the outside but still rosy inside. Then uncork a bottle of this deep, lush red. A juicy blend of grenache, syrah, mourvèdre and counoise modeled on the expensive wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in France’s Rhône Valley, it’s packed with sunny, warm fruit that has just enough tannin and spice to make short work of those lamb chops.

this review first appeared in the Denver Post.

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