We are thrilled to offer you our small allocation of Tor’s Melanson Cabernet, from a vineyard just a 3-wood to the northeast of Colgin’s IX vineyard on Pritchard Hill. This is just a gorgeously sweet, earthy, and full-bodied Cabernet with the structure to take it well into the 2030s in your cellar. Extremely limited, and just as highly recommended!
Proprietor Tor Kenward and his winemaking team, led by Jeff Ames, have been crafting world-class wines at this eponymous estate from its inception. Tor’s 30+ years in the Napa wine business have afforded him relationships with the sort of growers who have lines behind golden velvet ropes begging for their grapes. It pays to know where the valley’s greatest terroirs are in the Napa Valley. Robert Mondavi sited his winery smack in the middle of To Kalon because he, father Cesare, and brother Peter all knew how great the grapes were for Charles Krug in the 1950s. Starting in the 1970s, Andy Beckstoffer began studying and acquiring the finest terroirs in the valley, and strongly advocating for vineyard designation. And of course Tor Kenward, as an executive for Beringer, knew which sites were the most powerful contributors to Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet. Tor has an insider’s knowledge and a rolodex that newcomers simply can’t buy. This is why the wines of TOR are so important to us, and why they demand your attention.
From the rocky soils high up on Pritchard Hill, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard is another sensational, singular wine from this estate. With a deep purple color and heavenly notes of plums, mulberries, blueberries, exotic flowers, graphite, and dark chocolate, it flows onto the palate with full-bodied richness, a deep, concentrated mid-palate, sweet, moderate tannin, and a great finish. It’s one of the most singular Cabernets in the lineup, and will keep for 20+ years.