2014 RESERVE TO KALON VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON

$172.50

98 Points The Tasting Panel
95 Points Robert Parker 
95 Points Wine Enthusiast
93 Points James Suckling 
92 Points Wine & Spirits
90 Points Wine Spectator

Sweet dark cherry and richly concentrated blackberry fruits, a savory, earthy complexity, and toasty oak, vanilla and spice which lingers through the long finish.

93% Cabernet Sauvignon
6% Cabernet Franc
1% Petite Verdot

Sweet Dark Cherry
Concentrated Blackberry
Hint of Earth

Toasty Oak
Vanilla
Spice

Pairs with:
Ribeye with wild mushrooms and vegetable tarts

Looking down the rows of vines of the To Kalon Vineyard. The leaves have turned golden as cooler weather approaches.

This is the fourth vintage of our To Kalon Vineyard-designated Reserve. When Robert Mondavi chose the To Kalon Vineyard in west Oakville as the home for his new winery in 1966 he remarked that, “It was a vineyard with a distinguished history and a magical nature. Ideal soils, sunlight, and rain—to my eye, the vineyard was a treasure.” Those sentiments were re-confirmed when the To Kalon Vineyard was named the Vineyard of the Year by the California State Farm Bureau in 2011. Our Reserve is blended from the finest blocks within To Kalon.

The grapes were hand-harvested with three stages of strict sorting: first, on the vine, then by individual clusters, and then again by single berry following de-stemming. The selected grapes went directly into traditional French oak tanks for cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration – a total of 35 days of wine to skin contact – maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins round and supple. The new wine was drained and gently pressed into 100% new French-oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of fruit and oak. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over nineteen months of barrel aging. The wine was bottled in August of 2016.