This exclusive bottling is a blend of the finest barrels of our Cabernet Sauvignon from Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard. Only 239 cases have been produced and they are sold only at the winery. We hand harvested the To Kalon grapes and then hand sorted them twice at the winery for optimal quality. Spicy, toasty nuances from new oak barrels balance To Kalon Vineyard’s intense, dark-fruit expression. This elegant wine will develop even greater complexity with bottle aging.
Barrel Aging: 19 Months, 100% French Oak (84% New)
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Production: 239 cases
We selected our TK2 wine from the eight finest barrels of our Cabernet Sauvignon from Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard. This exclusive bottling, sold only at the winery, captures this renowned vineyard’s terroir—with its deep, alluvial-fan soils that develop complex flavors in the grapes—in its highly extracted fruit expression and exquisite balance. Our TK2 exhibits powerful aromas and flavors of cassis and blackberry liqueur layered with mineral, olive, toasted pecan and caramel. The plush, mouth-coating tannins carry the flavors through the long, chocolate cherry truffle finish. This wine shows exceptional density, texture and length on the palate.
To Kalon, one of Napa Valley’s most famous vineyards, was first planted in 1868 by viticulture pioneer Hamilton W. Crabb. The vineyard’s angle of sun exposure and complexity of soils foster diverse flavor profiles in the grapes. Located in the Oakville American Viticultural Area, it is one of California’s finest sites for Cabernet Sauvignon. Our grapes come from the Beckstoffer Vineyard, a section of To Kalon that is trained to bilateral cordon with vertical shoot positioning. Clusters are positioned for optimum sun exposure to develop fully ripe, lush flavors, which then turn into to a myriad of complex fruit, spice and floral notes during winemaking.
Napa Valley’s spectacular 2007 harvest got off to an early start in mid-August with the earliest ripening varietals, and then ripening slowed to an end during the first week of November. The valley’s famous night fog kept grape acids bright while the sunny days developed rich, ripe flavors. The moderate summer and fall temperatures kept the vines from becoming water stressed in this low rainfall year, while providing long hangtime for exceptionally concentrated flavors.
To achieve a wine of great elegance while capturing the intense To Kalon flavors and age-worthy tannins, Winemakers Tom Rinaldi and Chris Cooney cold soaked the partially crushed grapes (60 percent whole berry) for gentle extraction. After fermentation and 7 to 12 days of extended maceration, the wine was transferred to mostly new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. Four rackings gently clarified the wine, as soft French oak spices married with the opulent, dark-fruit expression. The finest barrels were then selected for TK2.