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2018 TOR Kenward Family Wines Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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RATINGS

98+ The Wine Advocate

Medium to full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house, sporting super-firm, super-ripe tannins and a lively line of freshness to support the dense, muscular black fruits, finishing long and earthy.

97-100Jeb Dunnuck

It has an ethereal yet powerful style that carries awesome crème de cassis, liquid violets, lavender, and flowery incense aromas and flavors. With a massive core of fruit, ripe, polished tannins, no hard edges, and a heavenly finish, this is Napa Valley magic all the way.

95-97Vinous / IWC

Inky dark fruit, cedar, mint, licorice, spice and tobacco all grace this gorgeous, racy Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, this is one of the most gracious, refined Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernets I have tasted from any winery that buys fruit here.

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.