2018 Amici To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon

97points

Jeb Dunnuck

“One heck of a great finish”

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 2018 To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon is intense and racy, with complex peppercorn notes on the nose along with savory stone fruit and hints of roasted plums. The palate is full yet delicate, with flavors of dark pomegranate syrup, savory mushroom, and wet clay minerality. Plush, sweet tannins carry through the long, herb-filled finish.

$195
750ml
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard
To Kalon
Appellation
Oakville, Napa Valley
Blend
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol
14.5%
Fermentation & Aging
100% Stainless Steel fermentation; Aged 22 months in 100% new French oak barrels

A Single Vineyard Wine

To Kalon

Vineyard Details

Reviews

97points

Jeb Dunnuck

This vineyard did exceptionally well in the vintage, and the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard has more sexiness and opulence than most of the vintage. Revealing a dense purple color as well as a blockbuster-styled bouquet of crème de cassis, blueberries, candied violets, spring flowers, and tobacco, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a round and expansive texture, sweet tannins, and one heck of a great finish. This sexy, opulent, yet also perfectly balanced and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon will drink well for 20-25 years.

97points

Wine Advocate

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep garnet-purple in color, it comes bounding out of the glass with baked black plums, blackberry pie and ripe blackcurrants notes plus hints of rose hip tea, cedar, unsmoked cigars and tilled soil. The full-bodied palate is jam-packed with taut, muscular black fruits, featuring a solid frame of grainy tannins and bags of freshness, finishing on a lingering exotic spice note. 

96points

International Wine Report

The 2018 Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon from Amici Cellars is an excellent showing in this vintage. This slowly begins to unwind and reveal its beautiful aromas of ripe blackberries, cassis and dark cherries, which are woven together with exotic spices, loam, cigar box and hints of dark chocolate that all emerge from the glass. On the palate this offers a wonderful full-bodied texture, with a well-structured frame supported by muscular tannins. It possesses wonderful concentration and depth, along with excellent freshness through the polished finish. This continues to evolve and become more compelling with each second in the glass, and I expect it will evolve incredibly well over the course of the next decade or two.

95points

Vinous Media

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon To Kalon Vineyard opens effortlessly in the glass, showing all the natural breadth that is so typical of this site. Blackberry jam, gravel, spice, new leather, licorice and chocolate are front and center. In 2018, the To Kalon captures a striking mix of finesse, volume and freshness. All the elements fall into place in a seamless, opulent Cabernet that will drink well for two decades, maybe more.

95points

James Suckling

A creamy and juicy red with blackberry, blueberry, crushed-stone and some tile character. It’s medium-to full-bodied. Lovely balance and finesse for a To Kalon red. Drink or hold.

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750ml

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