2011 Tor Kenward "Cimarossa" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1153188 94-96 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The fabulous 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Vineyard offers additional evidence of how brilliant this vintage turned out on this high elevation, mountain AVA. Owner Tor Kenward told me the crop reached perfect ripeness on Howell Mountain, and the result is a wine of great intensity and lots of mulberry, blackberry and violet-infused notes intermixed with a hint of graphite, a full-bodied richness and a layered mouthfeel. One of the stars of the vintage, this beauty should be consumed over the next 15+ years. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2013)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Vineyard shows just how great the vintage was in some spots, much of Howell Mountain in particular. Savory herbs, tobacco, menthol, licorice and cloves are some of the many notes that meld together in a wine of remarkable complexity, nuance and finesse. Firm, structured and deeply expressive, the 2011 boasts tons of energy and pure brilliance. The mountain tannins need time to soften, but further bottle age should do the trick. (AG) Inner quote mark (11/2013)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Everyone dissed this rainy, cold vintage, but it turned out a surprising number of exceptional wines, especially on Howell Mountain. Unlike To Kalon in western Oakville, Cimarossa had clusters of fully ripe fruit by late October and Kenward didn’t even need to sort! This wine has structure and complexity: a pronounced graphite and rose-petal nose, with very pretty red fruit, liquorice and mineral flavours, displaying verve and energy. It’s a savoury, very expressive style, and though the alcohol level is 14.6%, it feels as though it’s less than that. (EM) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A gorgeous wine, deep, rich and loaded with pure, distinctive blackberry, black cherry, black licorice and spicy cigar box nuances. Gains depth and length on the long, layered finish. (JL) Inner quote mark (10/2014)

91 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Medium red. Very ripe aromas of red raspberry, graphite, rose petal and nutty oak, accented by herbs and pepper. Silky and very intense, with distinctly claret-like leafy and mineral flavors adding interest to the currant and raspberry fruit. Slightly edgy acidity will need a bit of time to knit with the wine's fruit. Just a tad herbal but energetic on the aftertaste. The crop level here was solid as the flowering occurred after the early-June rain, and owner Tor Kenward told me he didn't even need a sorting table for this fruit. (ST) 91+ Inner quote mark (5/2014)

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