The Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyard sits on the valley floor in the heart of Oakville. Among the most sought after vineyard sites in all of Napa, the To Kalon name is synonymous with excellence. The 2015 vintage offered a very low yield but exceptional fruit quality. With fascinating notions of black tea, jellied blackcurrants, and blueberry pie, this bombastic red showcases a vineyard that was already famous across the US in the 1880s!
Claus Janzen doesn't shy away from taking the road less traveled. He originally made his mark on the local wine scene with the wholly unique "Bacio Divino," arguably Napa's most successful Tuscan-inspired red. When he moved that project into the world of Cabernet, he did so with the philosophy that it would be the vineyards rather than the blend that would drive the program's success. So, like many other notable Cabernet producers, Claus turned to vine guru Andy Beckstoffer for fruit, and the rest as they say, is history. With the help of lauded winemaker Kirk Venge, he has created a range of Napa Cabernets with completely unique personalities, and the critics have taken note. He's even dialed in a sensational Pinot Noir from a serious vineyard down south. Some of our favorite wines year in and year out, you'd be wise to pay attention to this lauded producer.
A barrel sample to be bottled in January 2018, the deep purple-black colored 2015 Janzen Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon gives a characteristically decadent nose of Indian spices and chocolate box with hints of cigar box and menthol over a crème de cassis and blueberry compote core. Full-bodied, concentrated and full-on seductive, it features mouth-filling berry preserves and spice layers, finishing long with some earthy notions coming through.