Seventy Five Wine Company 2016 California Cabernet Sauvignon
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Wine Spectator - "Ripe and juicy, with tiers of blackberry, blueberry, cherry and raspberry flavors, ending spicy and firm. Drink now through 2024. (JL, Web Only-2018)"
This wine showcases fruit from Lake and Mendocino Counties. It is a 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+ 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.
Winemakers: Tuck Beckstoffer / Shawn Johnson
Appellation: Red Hills, Lake Country/Mendocino
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Tuck Beckstoffer, Age 8, Carneros, Napa Valley
Pioneers of the Napa Valley grape growing industry, the Beckstoffer family made the vineyards both their lives and their livelihood. Tuck grew up among the vines, hills and oak trees sprinkled across the Napa landscape.
As a teenager, he worked side-by-side with the vineyard workers and learned to coax the vines into balance. This experience whetted Tuck's appetite to learn more about the winemaking process as an adult. He traveled to study with winemaking legends in wineries both at home and abroad then launched his own brand in 1997. His first wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon, garnered critical acclaim and collectors and connoisseurs asked for more.
That demand continues today. With his wife, Boo, they tell their story through their wines, all with the philosophy to be "farmers first" and search out vineyards that Tuck can use to express his style. Each story is different, but all are crafted to over-deliver; to extract the very best the varietal can produce in that location. After a lifetime among the vines, Tuck and Boo continue to thrive on making wines that are chapters of the place they call home.
Nestled in a canyon all its own, Tuck Beckstoffer Estate calls the Eastern hills of St. Helena home. Our amalgam of volcanic rock, red Aiken clay, and loamy soils are planted with Bordeaux varietals. Encircled by a crown of ancient Madrona and Valley Oak trees, our vineyard not only acts as our muse but guides us in our supreme vision.
Although function may follow form, we approach our winery as laboratory, art studio, and resting place for the creations of a tight-knit team devoted to one purpose: creating world-class wines.