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2017 B Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

ITEM 8465477 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
3 $180
Item Sold Amount Date
I8523187 3 $150 Nov 13, 2022
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RATINGS

95Wine Enthusiast

This powerhouse of a wine is sweet in oak and burly tannin, with layers and layers of dense, chewy richness. The fruit is jammy and velvety in blackberry, black cherry and a tease of crushed rock, with lasting hints of mocha and tobacco.

93-95The Wine Advocate

...notes of crème de cassis, raisin cake, Chinese five spice and dusty soil with a waft of garrigue and dried lavender...palate is full-bodied, rich and plush with great acidity and a long, spicy finish.

PRODUCER

B Cellars

B Cellars was established in 2003 when Jim Borsack and Duffy Keys decided to step back from previous careers and produce wine. Winemaker Kirk Venge soon joined the team. The label and logo stand for the BRIX scale, which is a system used to measure the sugar content of grapes and wine. B Cellars sources grapes from many of Napa’s premier vineyards, producing a large portfolio of blends and single vineyards wines. Included are Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and proprietary blends.

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.