Palisades Vineyard is isolated from the rest of Napa Valley, hidden in a valley of its own where historical rumors of moonshining surround infamous old vines of Petite Sirah. The current owners are fanatical about farming this historic site and the resulting wines are remarkable. This Petite Sirah is pure power, dark and inky enough to steal the light from the room, with an array of brooding fruit, freshly turned black earth, black pepper and rose hip. Massive yet refined, this wine may outlive us all.
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.