2012 Tor Kenward "Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of my highest ratings goes to the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard. Super sweet notes of white chocolate, crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, licorice and cedarwood along with baking spices soar from the glass of this first-growth look-alike from Tor Kenward. Everyone who uses this fabulous vineyard seems to create something extra special. With superb intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel and incredible purity, texture and depth, this classic from Napa should drink well for 20-25 years. Tor Kenward continues to turn out a portfolio of wines with sensational quality. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. A real cabernet black hole on the almost liqueur-like nose, hinting at kirsch, cassis and bitter chocolate. Lush, sweet and huge; showcases this vineyard's volume and mouthfilling sweetness. Saturates the entire mouth with sweet red berry, blueberry, cocoa power and dark chocolate flavors. Remarkably seamless for its sheer size and not at all heavy. This hugely rich wine is likely to enjoy a glorious and leisurely evolution in the bottle. (ST)
Bright red with ruby tones. Aromas of blueberry and menthol. Powerfully structured, juicy and penetrating, with iron and mint notes along with brisk acidity contributing to an impression of youthful reserve. Quite imploded today, this juicy, long wine needs more time in the bottle. (AG)
Direct and powerful, this full-throttle Cabernet offers a dense core of extracted blackberry, black cherry, cassis, mocha, loamy earth, cedar and tobacco leaf flavors. Ends with cedary oak and gripping tannins, but this is ultimately graceful given the size and scope. Drink now through 2030.