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Tor Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon 2016

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CWA

RP

WS

JS

AG

ST

W&S

JH

Price: $235.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

#1 Wine of the Year
“This year we had the chance to taste thousands of sensational wines from around the globe, and our team has narrowed down the selection to 100 very special wines. This year's Top 100 list is a diverse list of wines, which have been selected based on quality, price and current market availability.” - International Wine Report (12/18)

99 Points
“The 2016 Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon is an absolutely monumental showing from Tor in this outstanding vintage. Tor has fermented all his 337 Clone Cabernet from his rows located in the back of To Kalon into this wine, and used a mix of Darnajou and Taransaud barrels for aging. The result is one of Tor’s finest exam- ples of Cabernet Sauvignon from this esteemed vineyard. It immediately bursts open with expressive aromatics of beautiful ripe blackberries and dark red currents, which are accompanied by pencil shavings, sweet Asian spices and spring florals with underlying hints of loam and cocoa bean all coming together. On the palate this is even more impressive, as this full-bodied, voluptuous and impeccably polished Cabernet displays remarkable overall depth and concentration. Enveloping layers of perfectly ripe dark fruits combine together with nuanced flavors of graphite, spices, cocoa and even some hints of espresso bean all coming into play as this continues to constantly evolve in the glass. The 2016 is already showing exceedingly well and is nothing short of utterly captivating in its youth, however it should also go on to have a brilliant future for many years to come. This is an absolute gem from Tor and winemaker Jeff Ames.” - International Wine Report (11/18)

Vintage Notes: 
“To put it simply – this was one of our great modern vintages in the Napa Valley. It almost had a Bordeaux feeling to it – moderate rainfall for all but three months before the real rains arrived in October. By then, everything was in the barn. No significant heat spikes, which made for a very long even growing season. The only complaint I had with all our vineyard sites was, I wish I had harvested more grapes. Cluster size and weights were down, and we were 20% off of average when we finished picking. It was one of those years you wish you just had more grapes. Spectacular quality, both reds and whites. The wines have deep colors, structure, concentration, and depth of flavor.” - Jeff Ames, TOR Winemaker
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Kevin Bacons

*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

#1 Wine of the Year
“This year we had the chance to taste thousands of sensational wines from around the globe, and our team has narrowed down the selection to 100 very special wines. This year's Top 100 list is a diverse list of wines, which have been selected based on quality, price and current market availability.” - International Wine Report (12/18)

99 Points
“The 2016 Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon is an absolutely monumental showing from Tor in this outstanding vintage. Tor has fermented all his 337 Clone Cabernet from his rows located in the back of To Kalon into this wine, and used a mix of Darnajou and Taransaud barrels for aging. The result is one of Tor’s finest exam- ples of Cabernet Sauvignon from this esteemed vineyard. It immediately bursts open with expressive aromatics of beautiful ripe blackberries and dark red currents, which are accompanied by pencil shavings, sweet Asian spices and spring florals with underlying hints of loam and cocoa bean all coming together. On the palate this is even more impressive, as this full-bodied, voluptuous and impeccably polished Cabernet displays remarkable overall depth and concentration. Enveloping layers of perfectly ripe dark fruits combine together with nuanced flavors of graphite, spices, cocoa and even some hints of espresso bean all coming into play as this continues to constantly evolve in the glass. The 2016 is already showing exceedingly well and is nothing short of utterly captivating in its youth, however it should also go on to have a brilliant future for many years to come. This is an absolute gem from Tor and winemaker Jeff Ames.” - International Wine Report (11/18)

Vintage Notes: 
“To put it simply – this was one of our great modern vintages in the Napa Valley. It almost had a Bordeaux feeling to it – moderate rainfall for all but three months before the real rains arrived in October. By then, everything was in the barn. No significant heat spikes, which made for a very long even growing season. The only complaint I had with all our vineyard sites was, I wish I had harvested more grapes. Cluster size and weights were down, and we were 20% off of average when we finished picking. It was one of those years you wish you just had more grapes. Spectacular quality, both reds and whites. The wines have deep colors, structure, concentration, and depth of flavor.” - Jeff Ames, TOR Winemaker



Ratings Sources

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

Winery Tor Family

Vineyard Designate Beckstoffer To Kalon

AVA Oakville

Region Napa Valley