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2012 Tor - Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

  • 96 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 276910-2012
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    (includes 2% cabernet franc): Bright ruby-red. A real cabernet black hole on the almost liqueur-like nose, hinting at kirsch, cassis and bitter chocolate. Lush, sweet and huge; showcases this vineyard's volume and mouthfilling sweetness. Saturates the entire mouth with sweet red berry, blueberry, cocoa power and dark chocolate flavors. Remarkably seamless for its sheer size and not at all heavy. This hugely rich wine is likely to enjoy a glorious and leisurely evolution in the bottle.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Direct and powerful, this full-throttle Cabernet offers a dense core of extracted blackberry, black cherry, cassis, mocha, loamy earth, cedar and tobacco leaf flavors. Ends with cedary oak and gripping tannins, but this is ultimately graceful given the size and scope. Drink now through 2030. 975 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2030
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    One of my highest ratings goes to the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard. Super sweet notes of white chocolate, creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, licorice and cedarwood along with baking spices soar from the glass of this first-growth look-alike from Tor Kenward. Everyone who uses this fabulous vineyard seems to create something extra special. With superb intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel and incredible purity, texture and depth, this classic from Napa should drink well for 20-25 years.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2039
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating:

    Author: Jambo
  • Self | Rating: 96

    OMG! That's what my wife and I said when we tasted this wine. This wine is wonderful. Great body and depth without being over-extracted or hedonistic. Gobs of blackberries, currants and even a hint of blueberries. Also has a bit of spiced mixed in with the cornucopia of flavors. It has good oak and smokiness, but just the right amount without it being overpowering. The tannins blend well into the structure, both on the mid-palate and on the finish. Everything is in the right place.
    Author: Litig8tr
  • Self | Rating: 92

    This is a powerful |full-throttle| wine, but I thought if was lacking the plush mouthfeel I like in the better To Kalon wines. It had a slight cedar/vegetal note on the finish that didn't really do much for me. I expect this will knit together more with time - give it another year or two before the next bottle. (Note: my wife had a glass several hours after I opened the bottle and was effusive, so I raised my rating a bit.)
    Drink Dates: 2017-2025
    Author: Jeffrey M989
Former Beringer Executive Tor Kenward launched his brand in the early 2000s and soon tapped Jeff Ames, the German-born, Memphis-raised protege of Thomas Brown to be his winemaker. Concentrating on red Rhone varieties (bottled under his Rock label) as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay (under TOR) from single vineyard sites, the wines have swiftly gained critically high acclaim. Production for any one wine rarely exceeds 200 cases.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned variety that is high in color, flavor, tannin, and body, displaying aromas of black currant, blackberry, violet, bell pepper, and black cherry. It is late-ripening and therefore struggles to grow in cool climates. Quality can vary tremendously depending on terroir, vineyard management, and winemaking style, with the highest quality wines coming from the Haut-Médoc and Graves in Bordeaux, and Napa and Sonoma in California.

The powerful flavors, tannin, and body of Cabernet Sauvignon make it well suited to ageing and allow it to stand up to a large proportion of new oak without overpowering the wine. 225-litre barriques are the most popular size barrel and French oak is commonly used by the best producers to add structural complexity and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and clove to the nose and palate. The best wines, many of which are below, can age further in the bottle for decades.

Old-World Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Merlot, which ripens earlier than Cabernet and adds plum, softer tannin, and lighter body to this Bordeaux blend. These wines typically have earth-driven aromas such as wet leaves and truffle along with bell peppers and leather. First-Growth producers such as Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Margaux consistently produce some of the highest-quality Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.

New-World Cabernet Sauvignon is seen both as a blend and single varietal. Warmer climates and long sunlight hours result in an extended growing season, bearing grapes with richer fruit, bigger tannin, higher alcohol, and lower acidity than their Old-World counterparts. Some of the best expressions of these full-bodied wines come from producers like Screaming Eagle, Hundred Acre, Schrader and Scarecrow.

All Cabernet Sauvignon pairs phenomenally well with meat-forward dishes such as rib-eye steak, short ribs, lamb shank, or a cheeseburger. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring mushrooms are also a great choice for this variety. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 190 bottles owned
  • 46 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 46 collectors)