2017 Amici To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon


Jeb Dunnuck

“Full-bodied, balanced and elegant.”

Vineyard Notes

Originally planted in 1868 by Hamilton Crabb, the To Kalon vineyard has produced some of the Napa Valley’s best Cabernet Sauvignon ever since gaining legendary status as one of America’s first-growth vineyards. To Kalon, Ancient Greek for “the highest beauty,” sits on prime Oakville bench land where well-drained, gravelly soils combine with optimal sun exposure to yield rich, complex flavors and impeccable fruit maturity.

Winemaking Notes

A beautiful iteration from this legendary Oakville vineyard, the 2017 To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon is exotic and racy, with complex spice notes on the nose along with violets, lavender and hints of tapenade. The palate is full and layered yet delicate, with flavors of blackberry pie, licorice, cherry preserve, cassis and wet clay minerality. Plush tannins carry through the long captivating finish.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Beckstoffer To Kalon
Oakville, Napa Valley
81% Cabernet Sauvignon. 19% Cabernet Franc
Fermentation & Aging
100% stainless steel fermented. Aged 22 months in 100% new French oak barrels

A Single Vineyard Wine

Beckstoffer To Kalon

Vineyard Details



Jeb Dunnuck

“I also loved the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon, which has a more exotic, in-your-face style as well as more notes of blue fruits, flowery incense, violets, and spice. Full-bodied, balanced, and elegant, it too has a great mid-palate, nicely integrated oak, and some chalky minerality on the finish. Drink bottles any time over the coming 15 years or more.”


James Suckling

“A big and rich To Kalon, yet it is dry and attractively tannic with lots of crushed-berry and terra-cotta character. It’s broad-shouldered and spread across the palate. Give it time. 81% cabernet sauvignon and 19% cabernet franc. Better after 2021.”


Vinous Media

“The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon To Kalon Vineyard, in reality a co-ferment of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc, is gorgeous. Inky dark fruit, licorice and lavender are given an extra savory kick by the Franc. Racy and super-exotic, this blend works so well. This is one of the most distinctive wines I have tasted from To Kalon in some time, not to mention a positively stunning 2017. Red fruit flavors and floral notes lead into the textured, inviting finish.”


Wine Advocate

“A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc aged 22 months in 100% new French Taransaud and Sylvain barrels, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon is very deep garnet-purple colored and gives up expressive Black Forest cake, blackberry pie and warm cassis notes with wafts of exotic spices, tree bark, underbrush and charcuterie with a touch of tapenade. Full-bodied, the palate has loads of earthy accents complementing the black fruit core, with a firm grip of chewy tannins, finishing on a mineral note.”


Wine Spectator

“Bery forward, with warmed fig, steeped blackberry and acai reduction aromas and flavors, supported by singed alder and expresso cream threads on the finish. Drink now through 2025.”