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2019 TOR Kenward Family Wines Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

ITEM 8460437 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Consignor is original owner

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
pauzi6 1 $185 $185
themi 1 of 2 $175 $175
2 $175
Item Sold Amount Date
I8530606 5 $185 Nov 20, 2022
I8530606 2 $195 Nov 20, 2022
I8516295 1 $190 Nov 6, 2022
I8516295 1 $200 Nov 6, 2022
I8506268 2 $180 Oct 30, 2022
I8487565 1 $180 Oct 16, 2022
I8460437 1 $185 Oct 2, 2022
I8460437 1 $175 Oct 2, 2022
I8429086 1 $185 Sep 11, 2022
I8417645 1 $185 Sep 4, 2022
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RATINGS

97James Suckling

Blueberry, dark chocolate, sandalwood and cedar. Crushed stone, too. Full-bodied with depth of fruit and richness...tannins are chewy and focused. A leaner yet rich palate...

97+ Jeb Dunnuck

...brilliant perfume of red, blue, and black fruits as well as flowery incense, Asian spices, tapenade, and iron-like aromas and flavors...medium to full-bodied, has a great mid-palate, and serious length on the finish.

94-96The Wine Advocate

...bursts with black cherry preserves, blackcurrant jelly and boysenberries scents plus suggestions of pencil shavings, dusty soil, cinnamon stick and crushed rocks. The medium to full-bodied palate has loads of lively black fruit and earthy flavors with a firm, grainy texture and long savory finish.

93Vinous / IWC

Huge tannins and intense dark-fleshed fruit...plenty of depth... Black plum, chocolate, spice, licorice and espresso build into the potent finish.

18.5Jancis Robinson

...sweeter-fruited...light leafy freshness...on the palate this is wonderfully bone dry, all black-fruited with layers and layers of fruit and tannins... Outstanding wine with great tension – and balance – between fruit and structure... Great persistence.

PRODUCER

TOR Kenward Family Wines

TOR Kenward Family Wines was founded by Tor Kenward, a senior Beringer Vineyards executive who retired in 2001 from Beringer and started his winery dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux blends and Chardonnay. Tor Kenward, the man, is rooted in California and the best of its winemaking. His unusual first name was given to him by his artistic parents, who admired the distinguished California poet Robinson Jeffers, who named his Carmel home Torhouse, meaning “home on a lofty pinnacle.” Kenward himself was mentored by some of the leading lights of 20th century California winemaking, including Robert Mondavi, André Tchelistcheff, and Warren Winiarski. Jeff Ames is today the estate’s winemaker. Ames learned winemaking from Napa winemaking guru Thomas Brown and from stints at Schrader, Maybach and Outpost. Tor Kenward wines win high praise from reviewers. Robert M. Parker Jr. has complimented the estate for its “dazzling…fabulous wines…Tor Kenward is using his vast experience in the wine industry and impressive palate to find exceptional terroirs and produce fascinating wines that merit serious attention.”

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Oakville, To Kalon Vineyard

To- Kalon is one of the most famous vineyards in Napa Valley, often called the first “grand cru” California vineyard. It has always inspired those who live near it. Native Americans called the area around it tu-la-halusi – meaning “beautiful land.” And later residents called it To-Kalon, Greek for “the most beautiful.” Originally planted by Hamilton Crabb in 1968, it today is owned by Andy Beckstoffer, the Robert Mondavi Winery and Opus One. Beckstoffer owns the lion’s share, with an 89-acre vineyard planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Beckstoffer sell To-Kalon grapes to such acclaimed producers as Schrader, Paul Hobbs, Tor Kenward, Realm, Alpha Omega and the Morlet Family. Beckstoffer Vineyards, a vineyard management business, owns and farms more than 3,600 acres of highly prestigious grape growing acreage in Napa Valley, Mendocino County and the Red Hills of Lake County. A senior executive with Heublein in the 1960s, Andy Beckstoffer is credited with steering Napa Valley vintners towards improving farming and the quality of the grapes used for wine.

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.