Need an excuse to join a new wine club? We offer for your consideration Beckmen Vineyards in Los Olivos. Their 2018 EXP Aggregate is our April wine of the month and only available to wine club members.
Beckmen Vineyards is another of our 2021 wines of the month with music industry ties (see Andrew Murray in January and Caduceus/Merkin in February). Owner Tom Beckmen founded Roland Corp. U.S., a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic music instruments. He and his wife Judy, along with sons Steve and Jeff, use biodynamic farming practices to craft world-class wines from the Los Olivos and Ballard Canyon AVAs in the highly underrated Santa Barbara wine region.
The 2018 EXP Aggregate is a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Grenache, with small percentages of Mourvedre, Counoise, and Merlot. You first detect blackberries on the palate. This makes sense because the blackberry is produced by many species in the genus Rubus. These species have often been grouped together and called species aggregates, hence the name of the wine: Aggregate. This wine is wonderfully floral and features notes of licorice and spice; it is complex and balanced. Enjoy it now but buy enough to lay down because it will likely hold through the end of this decade.
Our mission at Peninsula Underground is to help you find great wines of great value that are ready to drink right away. The 2018 Beckmen EXP Aggregate is a great wine that is drinking beautifully right now...and if you join their wine club it is a great value at $34. When you do tell them it was because you read about them on Peninsula Underground.
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