2018 TOR 'Cimarossa' Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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Cimarossa (chim-a-rosa) is Italian for “red hilltop,” so named for its red volcanic rock and dust soil. Grapes and olive trees grow side by side where not much else could thrive, on steep slopes rising to 2,300 ft in elevation. The grape clusters are small, the berries are tiny, and the flavors are oh so deep. Those who appreciate wines of structure, immense depth, and richness - which is to say those with the patience to decant or cellar – will dive into dark-fruit heaven with this bottle.

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.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Howell Mountain
Cimarossa Vineyard
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750 ml Bottle