Tuck Beckstoffer Mad Hatter 2005 Front Label
Tuck Beckstoffer Mad Hatter 2005 Front Label

Tuck Beckstoffer Mad Hatter 2005

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750ML / 14.8% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Mad Hatter is the second label of Dancing Hares Winery which released their first vintage in 2003, and founders Paula Brooks and Bob Cook were committed to producing beautiful wines from their estate vineyard in St. Helena, Napa Valley under the winemaking direction of Andy Erickson. The goal at Dancing Hares Winery is to produce a red wine that best captures the character of the vintage and the unique terroir.

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This is a complex, with rich, loamy earth, currant, dried berry and hints of sage, gaining body and traction midpalate and ending with a complex, mouthcoating, flavorful finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2013.
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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.

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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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