This exclusive bottling is a blend of the finest barrels of our Cabernet Sauvignon from Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard. The famous To Kalon Vineyard is located on the western bench of the Oakville AVA, in the geographic center of Napa Valley. We hand harvested the To Kalon grapes and then hand sorted them twice at the winery for optimal quality. The wine is aged in 100% new barrels to balance the intense, complex Cabernet Sauvignon flavors.
"This is a fantastic To Kalon with focus and precision. Plenty of spice, chili paste and dark fruit. Full body with a tight and linear finish. Extremely long and focused. Savory. Last vintage of To Kalon for this winery. Drink now but a long life ahead of it." - James Suckling, December 2017
With intense, ripe flavors and powerful structure, the 2013 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon dazzles with the personality of this famous vineyard. The wine's luxuriously rich creme de cassis, blackberry and black cherry character unfolds with nuances of rum raisin, forest loam, coffee bean and bay laurel. Pecan and oak spice notes from new French oak barrels meld with the Cabernet Sauvignon expression, from the generous aromas through the broad, dark-fruit finish. Its muscular tannins enhance the textured palate and make it age-worthy, while bright, mouthwatering acidity balances the sun-ripened flavors. This limited bottling exemplifies perfectly balanced power and elegance as it captures its sense of place; To Kalon Vineyard.
The 2013 vintage, our second drought year in Napa Valley, surpassed even the highly touted 2012 vintage in grape quality. A winter with very low rainfall was followed by a warm, dry spring and summer with plentiful sunshine. These factors resulted in balanced vine canopies, good fruit set and small, concentrated grapes. Perfect weather throughout harvest fostered intense, beautifully balanced and expressive wines.
To Kalon Vineyard was first planted in 1868 by viticulture pioneer Hamilton W. Crabb. The vineyard's angle of sun exposure, its mesoclimate and its deep, alluvial-fan soils foster grapes with complex flavors and exquisite balance. Located in the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA), it is one of California's finest sites for Cabernet Sauvignon. Our grapes come from the Beckstoffer Vineyard, a section of To Kalon that is trained to bilateral cordon with vertical shoot positioning. Clusters are positioned for optimum sun exposure to develop fully ripe, lush flavors, which then turn into a myriad of complex fruit, spice and floral notes during winemaking.
We hand sorted the grapes first in the vineyard, as we picked them at dawn, and then again at the winery for optimum quality. We cold soaked the must for gentle extraction and fermented it in stainless steel tanks. Following extended maceration and pressing, the wine completed malolactic fermentation in barrels to round the acidity. During barrel aging, caramel and oak spice nuances married with the opulent, dark-fruit expression. Bottled without fining.
Before starting at Provenance, Chris traveled the world to work harvests in many areas including Germany and Australia and returned to school to earn his Masters degree from the University of California, Davis, in 2002.
"Winemaking is about expressing the character of the place. Each vineyard has it own distinct personality. During the winemaking process we try to highlight and polish the best attributes while smoothing out any rough edges. Whether we blend fruit from different vineyards or emphasize a single vineyard block, our goal is to get all the grapes to play nice with each other. When we're successful the final wine is a harmonious expression of origin--whether that origin is a single vineyard, multiple vineyards, and appellation or a sub appellation."
|Oak Treatment||Aged 22 months in French, oak barrels (80% new oak)|
|Blend||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Case Production||780 cases|