The 2016 Black Magic is even more impressive from bottle then it was from barrel just a few months ago. This simply brilliant wine is for the first time composed of Cabernet Sauvignon which was co-fermented with Petit Verdot. Tor and winemaker Jeff Ames only produce Black Magic in vintages when they see something very special, and that is certainly the case with this sensational release. This immediately begins to impress with its seductive aromatics of ripe black and blue fruit, which come together with fresh violets, graphite, sweet spices and a wonderful mix of savory and dark chocolate nuances adding even more complexity. Showing remarkable purity and concentration, this full-bodied red possesses remarkable depth and weight on the palate making it nearly impossible to resist. Rich, voluptuous and multidimensional, this continues to envelop the palate with its beautifully pure, ripe dark fruits that come together with sweet spices, mocha and graphite flavors that cascade on to the long, opulent finish. While already absolutely fascinating in its youth, the 2016 Black Magic also has the potential to evolve gracefully for decades to come. Overall, this is a perfect example of a Napa Valley wine, and one of the most compelling wines ever from Tor.
Barrel Tasting (April, 2018):
Tasted from Barrel, the 2016 'Black Magic' is already a total beauty. It begins with seductive aromatics of black currents, blueberries, violets, florals and graphite all coming together and soaring from the glass. Full-bodied and voluptuous, with a notable inner-roundness, and multi-layered core that resonates through the wine. A wonderful display of power and sheer class, this looks to be another stellar wine. Tor and Winemaker Jeff Ames have a wonderful chemistry together and keep turning out incredibly successful wines, and the 2016 Black Magic seems to be yet another to add to that list.