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2017 Cliff Lede Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Purchased direct from winery; Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar

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RATINGS

96+ Jeb Dunnuck

...gorgeous nose of red, black, and blue fruits intermixed with notions of unsmoked tobacco, incense, decayed flowers, and forest floor. Beautifully complex, nuanced, and layered, with a full-bodied mouthfeel and loads of building yet ripe tannins...

95+ The Wine Advocate

...earthy, broody black fruit preserves with slight notions of herbs and licorice...full-bodied, rich...mineral finish.

95Vinous / IWC

Unctuous, rich and enveloping... Inky dark fruit, spice, menthol, licorice and leather all flesh out in the glass with great balance.

95Wine Enthusiast

...offers dense layers of dark chocolate, blackberry and iron, plus a texture of crushed rock, with grip. Lengthy tannins are supple and well integrated, contributing complexity and graceful structure.

93Wine Spectator

Warm and lush in feel, with ripe plum and blackberry puree flavors gliding through. Polished, featuring anise, apple wood and sweet tobacco notes on the finish, melding with a well of fruit. Shows a late tug of warm earth. Rock-solid.

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.