With low yields and intense concentration, 2021 turns out to be very good year for the ‘O.G.’ block of Beckstoffer To Kalon. This is a dense and ethereal Napa Cabernet Sauvignon revealing gorgeous notes of black and blue berry, complex floral and earth undertones matched with an inky deep purple color. Sweet firm tannins integrate with a plush, persistent and prodigious palate that has both weight and richness. As with prior tannic vintages of this wine, the structure and power of the clone 337 from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard lends itself well to an extended decant or several years of bottle age to really spread its wings.
The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The O.G. comes from older plantings of Clone 337, and it's easily one of the standouts in the lineup. Pure cassis, blackberries, liquid violets, and crushed stone define the aromatics, and it's deep and powerful on the palate (which is the vintage) with full-bodied richness, a stacked mid-palate, building tannins, and a more focused, inward style that needs 4-5 years of bottle age. Reminding me slightly of the 2010 Pontet Canet, this incredible 2021 will have three decades of overall longevity.