97pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Cabernet Franc sourced entirely from the Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyard, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon gives pureed blueberries, chocolate-covered cherries and cassis with rose hip tea, violets, black soil, pencil shavings and iron ore plus a touch of unsmoked cigars. The palate is full-bodied and packed with multilayered fruit and structured by firm, ripe, grainy tannins. It's very fresh with marbled mineral and fruit character, finishing very long. 328 cases were made.
What more can be said about To Kalon that has not already been said? The To Kalon vineyard in Oakville is in one of the (if not THE) premier spots in the Napa Valley. It has a well-earned reputationfor making wines that are powerful but somehow retain finesse. Wines that are rich and intense but are drinkable in their youth, and also 10 years later. In short, wines like the 2012 ToKalon Cabernet. This is the best To Kalon Cabernet since 2006 in my opinion. It shows the loamy, earthy side of west Oakville, allied with sweet, rich black and red fruit, as well as licoriceand burning embers. This has an absolutely uncanny ability to have intense richness but still be light and flowing on the palate. I don’t think that there will be a ‘bad’ time to drink this vintage.It is showing wonderfully now and should continue to do so for the next 10 years, at least.