Dark Fruit Dark Chocolate Fresh Acidity Smooth Finish
Black Fruit Black Tea Mint Juniper Spice
Appellation Oakville, Napa Valley
Composition 97.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Petit Verdot
Pairs well with ribeye with wild mushrooms and vegetable tarts
When Robert Mondavi chose To Kalon Vineyard as the home for his new winery in 1966, he remarked, “It was a vineyard with a distinguished history. Ideal soils, sunlight, and rain. To my eye, the vineyard was a treasure.” Originally planted in 1868, it has become recognized as one of the finest vineyards in the world.
98Pts. Jeb Dunnuck "The finest vintage I’ve tasted from this estate (although I think the 2016 will give it a run), the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a full-bodied, incredibly elegant, seamless To Kalon Cabernet delivering classic notes of crème de cassis, tobacco, graphite, and chocolate. Its oak is perfectly integrated, and it has silky tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. This brilliant 2019 already offers pleasure (as do most 2019s), but it’s going to cruise for 25-30 years in cold cellars."
- Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, March 10, 2022
96Pts. James Suckling "This has wonderful purity of black fruit, with an inky, savory edge. Beautiful nose of blackcurrants, bark, black tea, licorice and oyster shells. It's full-bodied, yet so elegant, with firm, supple tannins. Long and creamy, yet firm. So much focus. Cabernet sauvignon with 2% petit verdot. Try this after 2024."
- James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, September 21, 2022
95Pts. Wine Spectator "Lush and loaded with warmed cassis, dark plum puree and blackberry paste flavors, this cruises through slowly, with a dark loamy underpinning and a steady drumbeat of tobacco, licorice root and roasted alder. Features an echoing violet hint, indicating inner purity amid the fairly stoic display of dark fruit. The finish is riveted with graphite. One for the cellar. Best from 2023 through 2040."
- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, July 27, 2022
95Pts. Wine Advocate "A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon To Kalon Reserve is an impressive effort. Marked by scents of cedar, cassis, black cherries and tobacco, it's full-bodied and rich on the palate, then finishes long and velvety, with a frankly yummy hint of caramel."
- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, September 15, 2022