Tor Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
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|Region||California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain|
International Wine ReportThe 2016 Cimarossa Cabernet Sauvignon is a total knockout, and may be Tor’s most compelling wine yet from this Howell Mountain vineyard. It instantly grabs your attention with its incredibly complex range of aromatics that include ripe blackberries and dark currants, which are woven together with smoldering earth, tobacco, spring florals, pencil shavings, sweet Asian spices, and hints of savory mountain herbs all coming together in the glass. This continues to impress with its beautifully polished tannins, in combination with remarkably concentrated ripe dark fruits that deeply penetrate the palate. Impeccably structured and balanced, this hits on every note all the way through the long finish, which leaves behind wonderful flavors of spices, graphite, dusty minerals and sweet ripe dark fruits lingering on and on. Tor and Winemaker Jeff Ames have completely hit nailed it with this stunning Cabernet, and while it is already nearly impossible to resist, there is no doubt this will go on to age gracefully for many years to come.
Wine AdvocateCimarossa means "red hill top" in Italian, which aptly defines this very special hillside vineyard, planted on a volcanic cinder cone. The elevation is 2,100 feet, and the soils are predominately red volcanic rock and dust. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Vineyard gives up cassis, blackberry pie, blueberry tart and earth with notions of spices, camphor, meat and wood smoke. Full-bodied, firm and grainy, the palate is packed with fruit and spices, finishing layered, very long and savory. 211 cases produced. Drink Date: 2021-2043.
Jeb DunnuckDeeply colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Vineyard comes from a site on Howell Mountain sitting at around 2,100 feet above sea-level on a west facing slope. It has a textbook Howell mountain profile with its blueberries, black cherries, conifer, savory herbs, and graphite-like aromas and flavors. This rich, powerful, beautifully textured, layered mountain wine has silky tannins, perfect balanced, and a great finish.
Wine SpectatorSolidly built, with intense black currant and blackberry pâte de fruit notes liberally lined with bramble, licorice snap and tar details. Dense and compact, but this bristles with energy and should unwind nicely in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2032. 200 cases made.