by Fred McMillin
for March 6, 1997

The Beckstoffer Connection

Prologue: "Guenoc makes a great Cabernet from Andy Beckstoffer's St. Helena Vineyard IV"... from James Laube's "California Wine."

The Rest of the Story: Andy and I have something in common. I studied engineering at the University of Washington, was stationed by the Navy at San Francisco's Treasure Island, and wound up making words about wine. Andy studied engineering at Virginia Tech, was stationed by the Army at San Francisco's Presido, and wound up making grapes for wine. That's MY Beckstoffer connection, but Guenoc's is much more important. This is the tenth year the winery has been purchasing Andy's purple gems to produce a huge red. Their latest Beckstoffer IV, the '93, is typical.. maximum intensity from 100% Cab, 100% new French oak, no filtering, etc.

The theater manager says the 900-pound gorilla may sit any place he wishes. This Cab can have any seat in the house, too!

1993 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Vineyard IV, Napa Valley
Guenoc Vineyards and Winery
Middletown, Lake County, CA
Contact—(707)987-2385
$40.50

Category: Highly Recommended; even better after some time in your cellar.


About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. He currently teaches wine courses at San Francisco State and San Francisco City College and is Northern California Editor for American Wine on the Web. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers.


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