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2017 TOR Kenward Family Wines Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

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RATINGS

96+ The Wine Advocate

...comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant black cherries, mulberries and boysenberries notes plus suggestions of pencil shavings, cigar box and cardamom. Medium to full bodied, the palate has an exhilarating, fantastically fine-grained texture, with seamless freshness and bags of black fruit flavors, finishing with a lively herbal lift.

95+ Vinous / IWC

...laced with the essence of black cherry, plum, scorched earth, new leather, smoke and gravel. Powerful and virile in feel, the 2017 speaks with a very strong voice. There is so much going on here...

95-97Jeb Dunnuck

...one of the more classic, almost Bordeaux-like reds in the lineup. Offering loads of cassic, currants, tobacco, and cedary herbs, this beauty hits the palate with beautiful fruit, a layered, ripe texture, sweet tannins, and a great, great finish. This cuvée comes from a plot of very old vines and is a rock star of a barrel sample.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Oakville

Oakville AVA is one of the two or three most prestigious appellations in the United States. Located in the heart of Napa Valley, its 5,000 vineyard acres produce some of the world’s most acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon, including such California “cult” Cabs as Screaming Eagle and Harlan Estate. Before those boutique producers rose to fame in the 1990s, Oakville was already renowned as home to Robert Mondavi, Opus One and Groth Vineyards, among others. Along with the famous wineries, there are premier vineyards in this AVA, including Martha’s Vineyard and To Kalon Vineyard. To Kalon was first planted in 1868 by H.W. Crabb, one of California’s first viticultural researchers, and he named the vineyard after the ancient Greek phrase for “most beautiful.” Though many grapes can be successfully grown in Oakville, Cabernet Sauvignon is king. Merlot and Chardonnay are also frequently planted. Oakville Cabs are prized for their richness, complexity and weight. Oakville was designated as an AVA in 1993.

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.