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2016 B Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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RATINGS

98-100The Wine Advocate

...nose of crushed black berries, wild blueberries and cassis with touches of forest floor, iron ore, dried Mediterranean herbs and rare beef. The full-bodied palate is packed solid with fresh black fruit, herbs and exotic spice layers, framed by firm, very fine-grained tannins and seamless acid, finishing with epic persistence.

95Wine Enthusiast

Chalky in crushed rock, burly tannin and a hint of char... Chocolate, vanilla and dense blue fruit combine around powerful intensity and weight, allowing a hint of baking spice and nutmeg on the lengthy finish.

94Wine Spectator

Dark and loamy in feel, with a core of well-steeped plum, fig and black currant fruit that has melded with smoldering tobacco, menthol and worn leather notes. The finish cruises through with authority.

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.