2011 To Kalon CS
Our 2011 To Kalon is bold, yet seductive and elegant. An overwhelming array of black fruits, dried violets, graphite, and dark roasted coffee aromas, lead into a generous mouthful of Damson plum, Luxardo Maraschino cherries, with hints of wet stone and anise. The tannins are firm and well integrated. Though this cabernet is drinking remarkably well now, it is a perfect choice for the collector’s cellar as this wine will age well over the next 10-15 years.
To Kalon has become synonymous with world class wine. This historic vineyard is found in Oakville and is owned by Andy Beckstoffer who has carved his reputation upon his appreciation for meticulous farming and movement toward sustainability. Originally planted in 1868 by Napa pioneer Hamilton Crabb this vineyard was purchased by Beaulieu in 1940 who then sold in 1993 to Beckstoffer. The vineyard was replanted from 1994-1997 utilizing modern trellising, proven clones and closer vine spacing. To Kalon often represents a component in our flagship Blend 26 Reserve Cabernet, as well as being a notable Cabernet worthy of single designation.
The fruit is hung on the vine until it reaches its optimum ripeness of both flavor and Brix (measured sugar concentration). It is then carefully hand harvested early in the cool hours of the morning into .5-ton macro bin boxes.
Carefully de-stemmed, and hand-sorted whole berries are placed in barrels for a three day cold soak prior to the onset of fermentation. Total fermentation time was 25 days in new open top French barrels. The barrel program is 100% tight grain new French oak for a total of 26 months.
- Our 2011 To Kalon was bottled on February 3, 2014.
- Only 220 Cases Produced.
- Final wine values are 14.9% alcohol; 0.68g/100mL Titratable Acidity and 3.77 pH.
- Unfiltered and Unfined.
- 220 Cases
(Jul 5, 2015 at 6:33 PM)