This comes from B, D and F blocks among Beckstoffer's sections of To Kalon vineyard, all of which sit atop ancient riverbeds. The vines are strictly managed to one cluster per shoot, which I think made all the difference in 2018. This barrel sample of the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon gives a very deep purple-black color, opening with an earthy/meaty nose of mossy tree bark, wild fungi, fertile loam, chargrill and aged beef over a core of Black Forest cake, baked blackcurrants and warm plums with a waft of cigar box and wonderful floral nuances emerging with coaxing. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with muscular black fruits and earthy accents, framed by firm yet beautifully ripe, fine-grained tannins tannins, finishing epically long and fantastically fragrant. WOW!
- November, 2019, Lisa Perrotti-Brown