Another winner, although it is more closed and backward at present, is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Clone 337, which is only available in magnum (50 cases). As Tor Kenward says, it is the 'big boyƒ?_ of the vintage. That's somewhat of an understatement as this is a broodingly backward, full throttle, pedal-to-the-metal Cabernet Sauvignon with lots of blackberry, cassis, blueberry, spring flower and toasty oak notes. Undeniably a great classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, it will require patience by anyone lucky enough to latch onto a magnum or two.
Author: Robert Parker
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95
Good bright, full medium ruby. Deep, brooding aromas of redcurrant, smoke, leather, mocha and earth, complicated by a balsamic nuance. Savory, ripe and chewy, with terrific complexity and terroir character to its very ripe plum, licorice, spice and chocolate flavors. Really beautiful tannin management here, and extremely long and sophisticated on the finish. This beauty was bottled in magnums.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2013
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95
Pure and powerful, with an intense core of dark berry, mocha, black licorice and exotic spices, tightly wound and sharply focused, sailing on the finish, where the tannins give the flavors traction.