Tor Kenward Family Wines

Tor Kenward Family Wines is a small, family-owned winery that specializes in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chardonnay. Tor Kenward, a Napa Valley vintner for over four decades, is a champion of single vineyard wines, and purchases fruit from some of the most famous vineyards in Napa – such as Beckstoffer To Kalon, Herb Lamb, Hyde and Tierra Rioja. Tor notes, “After making wines here for over thirty years, I believe the vineyard is the real winemaker. My job is to nurture and stay out of the way of greatness.”

Tor 2012 Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon

The To Kalon vineyard in Oakville is in one of the (if not THE) premier spots in the Napa Valley. It has a well-earned reputation for making wines that are powerful but somehow retain finesse. Wines are rich and intense but are drinkable in their youth, and also 10 years later. In short, wines like the 2012 To Kalon Cabernet. This is the best To Kalon Cabernet since 2006 in my opinion. It shows the loamy, earthy side of west Oakville, allied with sweet, rich black and red fruit, as well as licorice and burning embers. This has an absolutely uncanny ability to have intense richness but still be light and flowing on the palate. It is showing wonderfully now and should continue to do so for the next 10 years, at least.