TOR Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard 2013, Napa Valley 2013 (WS 97) 750 ML

TOR Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard 2013, Napa Valley 2013 (WS 97) 750 ML

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Professional Reviews

WS 97Explosive blackberry, currant, licorice and jazzy oak lead to a spirited, soulful mix of fruit and dusty, loamy earth, with caressing tannins. Drink now through 2030. 200 cases made.

RP 95: The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard comes from very rocky soils high on Pritchard Hill, directly above Colgin’s IX Estate. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from clone 7. Classic Cabernet notes of tobacco leaf, créme de cassis, blackberry, licorice, camphor and charcoal are all present in this opulent, full-bodied, multi-dimensional wine. This is another stunner from Tor Kenward, who seems to have the Midas touch and insider knowledge to access some incredible terroirs for his wines. This should drink well for at least 25+ years.

Tor Kenward has put together an impressive portfolio of wines, slowing increasing the number of single-vineyard offerings. His stuff is exciting, which is not all that surprising, given his long-time experience working at Beringer as well as his rich wine-tasting experience over multiple decades.

The 2013 Tor Cabernet Sauvignons are the best he has released to date. I thought he hit home runs with many of his 2012s, but he has exceeded those efforts with his 2013 grouping. 2014 continues the string of amazing vintages Napa had. Yields were lower than in 2012 and 2013, and the wines don’t seem to have quite the drama and flamboyance of 2012 or the profound depth, structure and upside of the 2013s, but they are still beautiful wines, and as I have said so many times in this report, their biggest sin is to have followed two very great vintages. Tel. (707) 963-3100; www.torwines.com



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