Napa Valley, California

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Matt’s review:

Alpha Omega’s Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the splendour and greatness that’s capable in ultra premium To Kalon Cabernet. Internationally acclaimed winemaker Jean Hoefliger has produced another world-class wine that showcases just how great To Kalon wine can be, especially when ingenious winemaking enhance and elevate the perfectly structured Beckstoffer To Kalon fruit to achieve its full potential. Meticulous attention to detail in the winery, including quadruple sorting of the individual grapes to ensure only the finest grapes make the cut, Jean Hoefliger also employs 100% small barrel (60 gallon) fermentation with an extended maceration on the skins for upwards of 120 days to add additional density and concentration in the wine while contributing to the exceptionally smooth texture and preserving the acidic backbone and tannic structure that To Kalon fruit is renowned for. The 2013 is bursting with rich dark fruits, mocha, cassis, herbs and sweet spice. Luxuriously textured, layered, and remarkably fresh, this incredibly complex and well structured Cabernet demonstrates just how harmonious and exceptionally well balanced To Kalon wines can be. Structured to last for many decades and drinking beautifully now, this life long window of enjoyment is only capable when perfection is the objective and excellence is fully achieved, as they’ve accomplished so clearly in the 2013. Tasted May 2017. 98 points. Matt Steeves – www.quercusvino.ca

 

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Beckstoffer and his To Kalon Napa Valley vineyard are profiled in the June 2017 Wine Spectator magazine. If you have the chance to try a wine with To Kalon fruit, it’s a must, regardless of the price.  Look for Robert Mondavi wines also as many of their premium wines are sourced with To Kalon fruit.