Tor Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Once you learn the smell of To Kalon it is one of the easiest wine to pick out of a line up. That distinct mix of red and black fruits along with damp earth and a touch of mint always shows through. This year’s To Kalon is one of the finest we have ever produced (and we have made To Kalon for 13 years!). The complex interplay of earth and fruit makes this wine unique each and every year. As with all To Kalons that we have made, this will actually be pretty approachable on release but should age effortlessly for at least 10 years. - Winery Notes
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Oakville|
International Wine ReportThe 2016 Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon is an absolutely monumental showing from Tor in this outstanding vintage. Tor has fermented all his 337 Clone Cabernet from his rows located in the back of To Kalon into this wine, and used a mix of Darnajou and Taransaud barrels for aging. The result is one of Tor’s finest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon from this esteemed vineyard. It immediately bursts open with expressive aromatics of beautiful ripe blackberries and dark red currents, which are accompanied by pencil shavings, sweet Asian spices and spring florals with underlying hints of loam and cocoa bean all coming together. On the palate this is even more impressive, as this full-bodied, voluptuous and impeccably polished Cabernet displays remarkable overall depth and concentration. Enveloping layers of perfectly ripe dark fruits combine together with nuanced flavors of graphite, spices, cocoa and even some hints of espresso bean all coming into play as this continues to constantly evolve in the glass. The 2016 is already showing exceedingly well and is nothing short of utterly captivating in its youth, however it should also go on to have a brilliant future for many years to come. This is an absolute gem from Tor and winemaker Jeff Ames.
Jeb DunnuckThe 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is a different beast, yet it ratchets up the quality with its sensational perfume of black raspberries, cassis, incense, fruit cake, and spring flowers. Tor started in To Kolan in 2005 and today they pull from their six favorite blocks, around 10 acres in total. It's full-bodied, has beautiful purity and elegant, the sexy style of the vineyard, and a great finish.
Wine AdvocateBottled in July 2018, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon is deep garnet-purple colored, with warm cassis, Black Forest cake, black raspberries and earth with a floral and spicy undercurrent with scents of roses, cinnamon stick and cedar chest. The palate is full-bodied, lively and very vibrant, with firm, grainy, ripe tannins, finishing long and mineral laced. This is a very exciting wine—polished with bags of pedigree and complexity and still so very, very delicious! 600 cases produced.
Wine SpectatorRipe and fleshy in feel, with rounded edges allowing the cassis and plum sauce notes to glide along. Anise, apple wood and graphite flavors fill in on the finish, with the fruit strutting beautifully. Shows spine, but this wine is all about the fruit. Drink now through 2029. 625 cases made.