97pts + Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This comes from B, D and F blocks in Beckstoffer To Kalon, all of which sit atop ancient riverbeds. It was harvested on Friday October 6th, two days before the start of the Atlas Peak fire. Yields at To Kalon are strictly managed by the team at TOR to one cluster per shoot. The wine was matured in 100% Darnajou small French oak barrels for twenty months and bottled without fining or filtration. Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon simply sings of violets, red roses and licorice over a beautiful core of warm cassis, blueberry pie and plum preserves plus nuances of Morello cherries, menthol, chocolate box and cedar. Medium to full bodied, the palate is laden with juicy black fruits and compelling tension, framed by super-firm yet wonderfully ripe, velvety tannins and finishing long and perfumed. This wine is a true triumph in a challenging vintage - bravo! 393 cases were made.
WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES We consider 2017 To Kalon
Cabernet Sauvignon one of our finest wines yet from this legendary site. It
reminds us very much of our beloved 2012, for its elegance, finesse and
suppleness. Wonderfully complex nose with layers of cassis, cranberry, graphite, fresh earth and bouillon. Incredibly
plush, dense with remarkable palate weight, yet a freshness and vitality, finishing long with velvety tannins. Hallmark
Beckstoffer To Kalon that will have an incredibly long drinking window over the next four decades or more.
VINTAGE It will be one of those vintages that will be discussed for decades to come. The wines we made are
beautiful, our highest-scoring Chardonnays to-date as well as Cabernets and Proprietary Reds that are reflective
of great vintages, with early barrel scores into potential 100-point range. Our reds have excellent extract; layered,
downright sexy wines that have the structure to live a long time. I taste the wines and marvel. It was a very wet
spring, over 30 inches of rain in January and February alone. Spring bloom and set went smoothly, and we rolled
into the summer with heat spikes in July, late August, and early September. By early October all the Chardonnays
were in and the Cabernets were reaching optimum maturity. We dropped a lot of fruit in 2017, a cluster per shoot
in To Kalon, and in part because of this, we had all our fruit in by mid-October. Then came the fire, which had no
influence on our wines, but changed all our lives. The wines themselves are rays of sunlight when I reflect on 2017.