2005 Tor Kenward "Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A magnificent effort, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard (approximately 300 cases) is reminiscent of a Bordeaux Pauillac. Cedar wood, creme de cassis, licorice, and spice box aromas soar from the glass of this opaque ruby/purple-colored cuvee. With fabulous fruit, intensity, full-bodied power, authoritative richness, and multiple flavor dimensions, this is a blockbuster Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink well for 20+ years. Tor Kenward and his winemaker, Jeff Ames, have produced some breakthrough efforts in 2005 and 2006. A longtime executive at Beringer as well as a meticulous wine connoisseur who knows great wine as well as anybody, Kenward is carving out a superb reputation for wine quality. Kenward’s knowledge of northern California viticulture and vineyard sites has put him in the position to get great fruit, which has been translated into artisinal, hand-crafted wines. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep ruby-red. Superripe, sweet aromas of currant, graphite and mocha. Big, rich, plush and full, combining superb depth of fruit and terrific energy. Finishes with broad, suave tannins and outstanding aromatic persistence and sweetness. From a very low-yielding clone, notes Kenward. (ST)
From the winery: "To Kalon has it all—pedigree, history, location. Andy Beckstoffer owns this vineyard in the heart of the Oakville appellation and has planted it to many clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. Having tasted dozens of wines produced from the myriad blocks in the vineyard over many years, I can say they have a commonality, but are also distinctly different. What distinguishes them most is a soil and clones. Their commonality is their lush, round, luxurious mouth feel, and the sexy pure Cabernet cassis flavors. The soils in the more western blocks tend to be less fertile than the front blocks. Clone 6 is certainly one the shyest bearing clones (if not the shyest) in the vineyard. So, our block is all clone 6 in the far western part of the vineyard. This is a taste of heaven, if you love a big, rich Cabernet Sauvignon...This is our first from this vineyard, and 2005 is a great vintage on which to start a long lasting romance. 'Seamless' is the first word that comes to mind as a descriptor for this wine, then add all that wonderful To Kalon magic: black cherry, licorice, wild current, ripe Cabernet."