This exclusive bottling is a blend of the finest barrels of our Cabernet Sauvignon from Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard. Only 168 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: 20 Months, 84% New French Oak, 16% Other European Oak
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Production: 168 cases
Powerful, yet supple, the 2008 TK2 is referred to as our “gentle giant” by our winemakers. Sourced from Napa Valley’s renowned To Kalon Vineyard, this intense Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits saturated aromas and flavors of blackberry liqueur, crushed black cherries and crème de cassis. Nuances of mocha, espresso, truffle, maple and forest floor add complexity to the dense, dark-fruit expression. The dynamic, mouth-coating tannins carry the flavors through the long, chocolate cherry finish.
To Kalon Vineyard was first planted in 1868 by viticulture pioneer Hamilton W. Crabb. The vineyard’s angle of sun exposure, its mesoclimate and its deep, alluvial-fan soils foster grapes with complex flavors and exquisite balance. Located in the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA), 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 a myriad of complex fruit, spice and floral notes during winemaking.
The 2008 growing season presented its fair share of challenges for California’s winemakers, yet this Cabernet Sauvignon proves that Napa Valley was blessed—once again—with many truly remarkable wines. Mother Nature’s mood vacillated between agreeable and moody, yet provided enough ideal days for the grapes to reach full maturity. We harvested these perfectly balanced grapes from early through late October.
To achieve a wine of great elegance while capturing the intense To Kalon flavors, Winemakers Tom Rinaldi and Chris Cooney fermented a portion of the must in new French oak barrels to soften and integrate the bold tannins. The balance of the grapes was cold soaked for gentle extraction and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Following extended maceration and pressing, the wine completed malolactic fermentation in barrels to round the acidity. Four rackings naturally clarified the wine, as warm oak spices married with the opulent, dark-fruit expression.