“The 2017 Chardonnay Beresini Vineyard Cuvee Torchiana opens with lifted lemon, lime and mandarin scents with fresh pears and ginger plus croissant notions. The palate is big, rich, full-bodied, decadent, lively and hedonistic, with spicy and savory layers and a very, very long finish. 314 cases produced.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
Single three-acre vineyard planted over 30 years ago to Larry Hyde’s tiny-clustered selection of Wente Clone. It produces a miniscule crop of between one and two tons per acre. Very seductive and sultry, this will not last long. Could be one of the best Chardonnay’s we have tried this year – it is THAT good!
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.
The 2018 Chardonnay Beresini Vineyard Cuvee Torchiana sashays out of the glass with knockout scents of honey-drizzled white peaches, pineapple upside-down cake, grapefruit and ginger cake with hints of cashews and honeydew melon. Medium-bodied, the palate is refreshing and laden with intense stone fruit and savory flavors, featuring with a gorgeous creaminess to the texture and a long, layered finish. A barrel selection of the best barrels from Beresini vineyard (planted to Hyde Selection Wente Clone), this very clever Chardonnay is as scrumptious as it is intellectually stimulating. Fans of this grape are definitely going to want a few bottles of this! 180 cases were made.