The 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.
Barrel Tasting (April, 2018):
Tasted from Barrel, the 2016 To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon looks to be shaping up as one of Tor’s most impressive wines ever from this majestic vineyard. It is already showing incredibly well, with aromatics of beautifully ripe blackberries and crème de cassis woven together with spring florals, sweet spices and hints of graphite all soaring from the glass. This possesses a full body with a gorgeous opulent texture and remarkable overall depth and concentration. The perfectly ripe fruit, outstanding purity and combination of power and finesse make this nearly impossible to resist. All signs suggest a classic in the making.