2015 BECKSTOFFER TO KALON Cabernet Sauvignon
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Next Release May 2019
100 points, Jeb Dunnuck “As good as it gets…elegant, seamless, ultrafine texture…heavenly.”
Situated on the western Oakville bench, the vaunted Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard has gravelly loam soils with high mineral content derived from sedimentary deposits of the volcanic Mayacamas Mountains and the alluvial fan of the Napa River. The vineyard has low organic matter content and thorough drainage, which devigorates the vines and produces small berries that are ideal for wines with intense concentration. The site is warm and sunny throughout the day, but cooled by late afternoon breezes, producing ripe Cabernet Sauvignon with lovely acidity. The blocks that make up our blend represent a diverse array of the Beckstoffer To Kalon terroir and clonal selection, creating a unique and extraordinary wine from this praised site.
The 2015 vintage was a wonderfully classic year for Napa Valley wines. A dry winter, followed by warm spring temperatures, led to an early bud break that set the stage for one of the earliest harvests on record. Crop levels were lower than average due to dry conditions and a cool weather spell during flowering. The dry soils led to low vigor vines and small berries, creating very concentrated fruit. With lovely summer weather, it was our earliest harvest on record and the red wines we produced are opulent, voluptuous wines with incredible concentration.
The majesty of the To Kalon vineyard’s signature aromas of violets, gravel, and dark cassis form the ambrosial scents emanating from the first pour. With time, gobs of delectable blackberry, lavender, and an earthy minerality arise and coalesce in the glass. Flavors of blueberry, marionberry preserves, warm currants, and luxardo cherries spring forth along the sultry palate. The vintage’s fresh acidity carries the unctuous flavors along gracefully and the richness of the lively tannin make this a candidate for long term aging.
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