2019 Amici To Kalon Cabernet Franc


Jeb Dunnuck

“flat-out awesome”

Vineyard Notes

Originally planted in 1868 by Hamilton Crabb, the To Kalon vineyard has produced some of the Napa Valley’s best Cabernets 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 dark, vibrant purple in color, this wine offers complex aromas of roasted compote and blueberries along with savory floral and herbal notes. The palate features great density and a smooth, juicy center along with enticing mid-palate sweetness. Flavors of dark cherry liqueur and blackberry juice are complemented by licorice and wet minerality that carries through the finish.

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Cabernet Franc
To Kalon
Oakville, Napa Valley
85% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermentation & Aging
100% Stainless Steel fermentation; Aged 22 months in 100% new French oak barrels

A Single Vineyard Wine

To Kalon

Vineyard Details



Jeb Dunnuck

The 2019 Cabernet Franc Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is flat-out awesome, offering a full-bodied, powerful, yet almost weightless style as well as notes of black raspberries, cassis, flowers, damp earth, and vanilla bean. It’s layered, has silky tannins, flawless balance, and a great finish. Including 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and brought up in new barrels, this is seriously good and has two decades of prime drinking ahead of it.


The Wine Independent

The 2019 Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Franc is composed of 90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep garnet-purple in color, it has a perfumed nose of redcurrants, black raspberries, and mulberries plus roses, underbrush, and wild thyme. Medium to full-bodied, it has an elegantly styled, fine-grained, lively line, leading to a long and mineral-laced finish.


James Suckling

Fragrant, complex nose of currants, blackberry, grilled chilis, mocha, sandalwood and bell pepper. Full-bodied with firm, powdery tannins. Plush and textured with a wild intensity. Long and very rich. Try from 2024.


Wine Advocate

The 2019 Cabernet Franc Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard includes 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Matured, like the other Amici wines, for 22 months in 100% new French oak, the barrels have left an indelible signature of mocha, brown sugar and cedar atop the mixed red and black cherry fruit. A full-bodied and richly concentrated wine, with a ripe, velvety feel and ample length, it’s a superb effort



The 2019 Cabernet Franc Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is laced with mocha, dried herbs, leather, spice and menthol. Intensely aromatic in its first impression, and layered on the palate, the 2019 is deep but also light on its feet. A touch of Cabernet Sauvignon rounds out the blend. Give this a few years to soften. Impressive.