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2019 Stewart Nomad Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

ITEM 8465579 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

Bidder Amount Total
$130
Item Sold Amount Date
I8475240 1 $125 Oct 9, 2022
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RATINGS

97The Wine Advocate

...bold notes of crème de cassis, preserved plums and blackberry pie, plus hints of spice cake, menthol and tilled soil. Medium to full-bodied, rich and spicy, the palate delivers plush tannins and a lively, mineral-tinged finish.

97Jeb Dunnuck

...a kaleidoscopic array of flowery incense, spice, smoked tobacco, chocolate, and assorted darker fruits. Rich, powerful, and opulent, it has the rare To Kalon magic that allows it to stay light and graceful while bringing incredible hedonistic pleasure.

94James Suckling

This has ripe character with notes of black and blue fruit, vanilla, chocolate and leaves. Full-bodied and dry with chewy tannins and a savory fruit core. Hints of crushed stones, too. Long, dry finish.

PRODUCER

Stewart

Stewart Cellars was founded in 2000 by Michael Stewart, who built a career in technology in Texas before buying property in Napa Valley. Stewart runs the estate with his wife and adult children, and the consulting winemaker is Paul Hobbs, a much-admired winemaker who founded his own winery and consults throughout the world. Grapes are sourced from some of the area’s premium vineyards, including Las Piedras, Stagecoach and Ross Station, in the Russian River Valley. Stewart makes Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Robert M. Parker Jr. has called Stewart Cellars a “small, high quality boutique producer” making “Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Russian River area as well as some exceptionally fine Cabernet Sauvignon from various vineyards in Napa.” He has rated the wines in the low to mid-90s.

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.