Beckstoffer Vineyards, operated by Andy Beckstoffer, is the largest
private owner in California. It is widely accepted that Beckstoffer
has the best vineyards and the big boys pay big bucks for the grapes.
Andy Beckstoffer is a farmer. His son, Tuck, is a winemaker
and markets his winesunder the label "75" so named in honor of 1975 –
when Tuck came to the Napa Valley as a child.
Aromas of yuzu blossom, lemon zest and thyme fill the glass.
Flavors of Asian pear, lemon, apples and wildflower honey coat the palate
receding into a long and lively finish. Blend: 70%Lake County, 30%Napa Valley
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This wine showcases fruit from Lake and Mendocino Counties.
Rich and balanced Cabernet Sauvignon expressing aromas of red currents, strawberry jam and black berries as well as a touch of fresh hay.
These aromatics are balanced with a note of toffee/biscotti from a year of aging
in medium and toast French oak (30% new). A hint of freshly tilled soil
adds further complexity. It is smooth on entry as the tannins are well integrated
into this, full-bodied wine. Finish is long and lingering.
Now, if you read this article on Tuck Beckstoffer, hang in there for the comment. Either the commenter thinks he is funny or the wineshop is loose with special orders.