2014 Seventy Five Wine Company "The Sum" California Red Blend

SKU #1323805 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The proprietary red wine, the 2014 The Sum is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Sirah and 5% Syrah. It has a dense purple color, plenty of meaty blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, excellent texture and body, and a soft, round finish. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. This is the extensive wine operation of one of the Beckstoffer family members, Tuck Beckstoffer. These are all excellent wines. (RP)  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

Tuck Beckstoffer is owner and winemaker of The Seventy Five Wine Co., which is one of several labels under the umbrella of Tuck Beckstoffer wines. If the name Beckstoffer sounds familiar it should. The Beckstoffer family has been in Napa Valley for decades and their Beckstoffer vineyard is one of the most prestigious and important in all of Napa Valley, responsible for many of Napa Valley’s most sought after and coveted Cabernet Sauvignons. Tuck Beckstoffer had his first harvest in 1975 and has been honing his farming and winemaking skills ever since. The 2014 Seventy Five Wine Co. “The Sum” California Red Wine is a mouthful both to say and to taste! A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Sirah and 5% Syrah, this full-throttle red blend has an intoxicating nose of macerated blackberry, dark cherry kirsch and creamy mocha notes. The palate is a seamless parade of layer after layer of dark fruits, spice, dark chocolate and molten rock flavors. This is a rich red wine that begs to be drunk alongside a rich cut of filet mignon, or Beef Wellington. It is ready to be enjoyed now in all of its hedonistic youth. Awards include the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2018: Double Gold.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5