2015 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon

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As good as it gets, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon checks in as 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 21 months in new French oak. Possessing an incredible bouquet of cassis, liquid violets, Asian spices, and charred meats, it hits the palate with an elegant, seamless, ultra-fine texture that builds incrementally, with huge tannins that are only noticeable 30 seconds or more after the finish. This heavenly Napa Cabernet has no hard edges, incredible richness, no weight, and will evolve gracefully for two to three decades.

Jeb Dunnuck | 100 JD
Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and strutting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyards offers up a beautiful dried flowers and fragrant earth nose over a crème de cassis and baking spice core with blackberry preserves and black forest cake in the background plus a waft of bay leaves. The palate is a big, rich, full, multilayered extravaganza, piling on the fruit and savory notions with firm, grainy tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with epic persistence.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 99 RP
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is terrific. A big, dramatic wine, the 2015 possesses terrific mid-palate depth and intensity. Inky blue/purplish fruit, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, menthol and cloves build in a dramatic, large-scaled Cabernet loaded with personality. The ripe, explosive style offers quite a bit of appeal, although I would prefer to drink the 2015 over the medium term in order to get the most out of the wine's vibrant, youthful phase.

Vinous Media | 94 VM
An intense, grippy style, with a well of dark currant and fig fruit held in check for now by loamy tannins and a wall of dark tobacco and earth notes. This has great drive, which bodes well, with a charcoal note scoring the fruit on the finish, adding extra detail and range. A distinctive and authoritative red. Best from 2021 through 2035. 585 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 94 WS
To Kolan character is here with tile and dark berry character. Full body, chewy tannins and a flavoful finish. Dusty texture from the tannins. A blend of 77% cabernet sauvignon, 11% merlot, 11% cabernet franc, and 1% petit verdot. Needs two or three years to soften. Try in 2020.

James Suckling | 93 JS
Many producers purchase fruit from Andy Beckstoffer's To Kalon Vineyard, but few make a Cabernet as dense and powerful as this one. There's a sizeable market in the US and elsewhere for such a wine, with deep, extracted black fruit and a melange of layered violet, crushed rock, Chambord, oak vanillin and cocoa powder. Remarkably, the crunchy acidity preserves the palate from all of that decadence. 88% new French oak. Drinking Window 2022 - 2032

Decanter | 92 DEC

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Vintage 2015
Color Red
Country US: As one of the most prolific and innovative wine regions in the world, America is a joy to explore. Most wine connoisseurs will agree that the nation's finest and most compelling wines are being produced today, which means that we have front-row seats to one of the most inspirational stories in wine history. While other regions tend to focus on specific wine styles and have somewhat strict rules as to which varietals you could grow, areas like California have few such restrictions in place. As a result, creative visionaries behind America's most reputable estates have been able to develop compelling, unique, and innovative styles, with a level of terroir expression that rivals even France's largest giants.
Producer Cliff Lede: If you're looking for a wine that will set your soul ablaze, Cliff Lede Vineyards are on the job, quite literally with how one of their wines is called. Cliff Lede is a known Bordeaux connoisseur, and his efforts to surpass the legends have resulted in compelling and breathtaking New World wines. There's something spiritual about great wine, and Cliff Lede Vineyards can turn a person religious with how good theirs is. Reds and whites are both present, so there's something here for everyone. The flavors are rich, intense, with breathtaking depth and a unique purity that not even angels could create. The reds offer a careful attack, with balanced yet powerful notes of cassis, crushed blackberry, and spring violets. The whites approach you with zesty lemon, opulent tangerine marmalade, and delicate ginger.
Rating 100 JD
Region California: With a history of wine production that dates back to the 18th century, California currently sits as one of the world's most prolific and reputable wine regions. With an area as vast as California, you can expect a colorful collage of terroir profiles, a series of microclimates, and micro-environments that give the wine a unique, memorable appeal. The region's produce is far from homogenized in that sense, and it would take you countless hours to sample all of it. While the region boasts scars from the Prohibition era, it went through what can only be described as a viticultural Renaissance sometime after the 1960s. At that point, California went from a port-style, sweet wine region to a versatile and compelling competitor on the world market. Today, no matter which way your taste in wine leans, you can find a new favorite producer among California's most talented. Notable sub-regions include legendary names like Napa Valley and Sonoma County, places that any wine lover would die to visit. California's quintessential warm climate allows for incredibly ripe fruit expressions, a style that provides a stark contrast to Old World-inspired, earthy classics. Even where inspiration was clearly taken from staple French appellations, Californian winemakers put their own unique spin on the wine.
Type of Wine California Red: Whether it's Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Zinfandel, Californian red wine producers have a lovely habit of taking a varietal and expressing its essence in a unique, never before seen way. From Napa Valley to the regions south of Los Angeles, there's a red for everyone - and it's never too late to start exploring.
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
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