by Fred McMillin
Always a Winner
Reports in WineDay:
Vintage 1994—WineDay Jan. 2, 1998: With silky power, this Cab won BEST OF TASTING.
Vintage 1995—WineDay Feb. 3, 1999: Easily one of the top Cabs my panel has tasted in the last 12 months. BEST OF TASTING.
The Rest of the Story
This winning string has been put together by the Guenoc Beckstoffer IV Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley. Guenoc is the emerging powerhouse located just north of the Napa Valley. They started buying Andy Beckstoffer's grapes in 1987, and that vintage in major competitions won six golds, a double gold (S.F. Fair) and a Platinum. Needless to say, they've stayed with Andy ever since.
'95 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Vineyard
About the name Guenoc (GWEN-uk). It was in use some 130 years before Orville arrived. The word appears on a stream and a lake in a Dec. 8, 1844 Spanish land grant. Where did the Spanish get the name? The late Prof. Erwin Gudde wrote that anthropologists agree it was a Spanish rendering of an American Indian place name, "Wenok." However, the professor said he felt it more likely that it came from a recipient of an 1845 land grant named Geo. Rock. The last time we talked, Karen Magoon favored the theory that it was named after the 6th-century Welsh saint by the name of Guenoc. Stay tuned.
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