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Lithology Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon 2015

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CWA99

RP97

WS

JS

AG

ST

W&S

JH

Price: $230.00

 
Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

99 Points | CWA
“Absolutely sublime is this exclusive new Cabernet from the most coveted source for that varietal in America! This new release is supremely satisfying now with a cashmere-like texture and depth of glorious flavors tightly packed now and promising to age gracefully for at least a decade. This new discovery reminds me of some of winemaker Melka's finest craftsmanship for Vineyard 29 and, prior to that, Hundred Acre! A bouquet of violets and chocolate covered espresso beans lead to flavors of  blueberry and blackberry liqueur on the mid palate. Then, copious quantities of black currants, black cherries, cedar and vanillin dazzle convincing me this is  one of the undiscovered superstars of the vintage! 98 points now (decanting recommended prior to 2022) and 99+ with a few years of cellar time.” - California Wine Advisors

97 Points | RP
“Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Lithology Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon is scented of crème de cassis, blueberry pie and plum preserves with hints of cinnamon toast, dusty earth and bouquet garni plus a waft of dried lavender. Full-bodied, expressive and with bags of poise, the palate features wonderfully ripe, spicy fruit with a lively backbone and a very long, velvet-laced finish. Could push perfection if it continues to evolve the way it seems to be heading. Loads of truffle, crème de cassis, licorice, lead pencil shavings, vanilla and espresso are all present in this multi-dimensional, extremely complex, full-bodied, terrific wine. It should drink well when accessible, given its succulence and opulence that is such a characteristic of 2015, and evolve for 15-25 years.150 cases were made.” - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
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Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

99 Points | CWA
“Absolutely sublime is this exclusive new Cabernet from the most coveted source for that varietal in America! This new release is supremely satisfying now with a cashmere-like texture and depth of glorious flavors tightly packed now and promising to age gracefully for at least a decade. This new discovery reminds me of some of winemaker Melka's finest craftsmanship for Vineyard 29 and, prior to that, Hundred Acre! A bouquet of violets and chocolate covered espresso beans lead to flavors of  blueberry and blackberry liqueur on the mid palate. Then, copious quantities of black currants, black cherries, cedar and vanillin dazzle convincing me this is  one of the undiscovered superstars of the vintage! 98 points now (decanting recommended prior to 2022) and 99+ with a few years of cellar time.” - California Wine Advisors

97 Points | RP
“Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Lithology Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon is scented of crème de cassis, blueberry pie and plum preserves with hints of cinnamon toast, dusty earth and bouquet garni plus a waft of dried lavender. Full-bodied, expressive and with bags of poise, the palate features wonderfully ripe, spicy fruit with a lively backbone and a very long, velvet-laced finish. Could push perfection if it continues to evolve the way it seems to be heading. Loads of truffle, crème de cassis, licorice, lead pencil shavings, vanilla and espresso are all present in this multi-dimensional, extremely complex, full-bodied, terrific wine. It should drink well when accessible, given its succulence and opulence that is such a characteristic of 2015, and evolve for 15-25 years.150 cases were made.” - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate



Ratings Sources

RP - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
WS - Wine Spectator
CWA - California Wine Advisors
JS - James Suckling
IWR - International Wine Review

Winery Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate

Vineyard Designate Beckstoffer To Kalon

AVA

Region Napa Valley