A barrel selection from the gentle slope and steep hillside terraces of the Tierra Roja vineyard. Classic Oakville East with its black cherries, rhubarb pie, and huckleberry preserves. There is a warm red rock minerality to support the sumptuous yet fresh, juicy mid palate and ripe, chewy tannins. The pedigree is perfect, Screaming Eagle, Maya, and Rudd are all neighbors. It is just a lovely Cabernet to drink.
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.