2005 Tor Kenward "Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1037138 96 points 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.  (12/ 2007)

94 points 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.  (6/ 2008)

K&L Notes

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."

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.