2011 Tor Kenward Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1141085 93 points Vinous

 The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon jumps from the glass with expressive dark red cherries, plums, mint, licorice and sweet spices. A beautiful, layered Cabernet, the 2011 impresses for its overall balance and sense of harmony. There are no hard edges here. Tor and his winemaker, Jeff Ames, have done a terrific job here. This is a fabulous showing. In 2011, the Cabernet is predominantly sourced from Mast Vineyard (70%), with 22% Cimarossa and 8% To Kalon. (AG)  (11/2013)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa appears even stronger than the 2010 ... and that’s saying something. Production was much smaller for this blend of fruit from the Mast Vineyard (70%), Cimarossa (22%) and To Kalon (8%). It exhibits notes of creamy berry fruit, lead pencil shavings and spice box as well as a round, generous, medium-bodied mouthfeel with supple tannins and low acidity. Drink it over the next decade.  (10/2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red-ruby. Expressive, nicely ripe nose melds raspberry, plum, chocolate, coffee and licorice. Sweet, ripe and easygoing, offering pliant cherry, raspberry and licorice flavors accented but not blighted by pepper and herb notes. The team did a strict selection to make this wine, which is ultimately 70% from Mast Vineyard fruit. (ST)  (5/2014)

K&L Notes

A blend of three vineyards: To Kalon, Mast and Cimarossa. A rich and layered wine with generous plum, cedar, chocolate and vanilla notes.Tannins are big, yet soft with an incredible length on the finish. (Mike Jordan, K&L San Francisco)


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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.
Specific Appellation:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.7