2014 Mockingbird Blue TB
Vintage : 2014
Country : USA
Region : Napa Valley
It began on back country roads and among the vines. The Beckstoffer family arrived in the Napa Valley in 1975 and the young son of a future pioneer spent his days in the vineyards throughout every growing season, cultivating deep roots.
Brought up to respect the land and its fruit, Tuck naturally sought out the practice of viticulture, learning from the masters around him. Much like his father before him, he is a farmer first. It was only after he mastered the art of first craft that he turned his attention to a second craft—winemaking. Over three decades after he first set foot in the valley, Tuck bottled his first wine. For him, it was not a whim or passion project, but the culmination of a life lived on the land, among the vines.
Today, Tuck is one of the few Napa stewards who is both a grower and a winemaker. It is this pedigree that makes his approach different: the process begins with the land itself and culminates with a reverence for the winemaking traditions of the past—sharing successes and failures among fellow craftsmen and appreciating the fruits of their labor over a beautiful bottle of wine.
A strong candidate for perfection, this stunning new release is virtually peerless among new Cabernet releases from Napa. Featuring ultra-silky, velvety smooth tannins, surreal richness and remarkable purity as well as delineation, this pushes ripeness and intensity to nearly over-the-top levels, but it pulls back to deliver a wine of genius. Supremely satisfying notes of dark plums, blackberries, Godiva chocolate, and notes of lightly toasted vanilla oak lead to a 60 second finish. This awe-inspiring effort should age gracefully for the next two decades, but there is no reason to delay your enjoyment so pop a cork, decant, and savor every sip tonight.
Aromas of plums, dried herbs, black cherry and spice highlight this powerful and full bodied wine. In addition to powerful fruit the bouquet has both cocoa and spice elements. The wine is just over 80% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance being Merlot. The fruit was grown primarily at the estate vineyard in St Helena with the balance coming from a vineyard in the western hills of Calistoga.