This exclusive bottling is a blend of the finest barrels of our Cabernet Sauvignon from Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard. The famous To Kalon Vineyard is located on the western bench of the Oakville AVA, in the geographic center of Napa Valley. We hand harvested the To Kalon grapes and then hand sorted them twice at the winery for optimal quality. The wine is aged in 100% new barrels to balance the intense, complex Cabernet Sauvignon flavors.
Barrel Aging: 22 Months, 100% New French Oak
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Production: 204 cases
The 2010 Provenance Vineyards Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Blend TK2 Cabernet Sauvignon received a score of 93 Points in Wine & Spirits Magazine in September 2013.
Profoundly rich and complex, the 2010 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Blend TK2 is a study of the attributes of this vineyard that has a long history of producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. Highly extracted blackberry liqueur, rum raisin, crème de cassis and black cherry saturate the deep aromas and expansive, opulent flavors. Nuances of dark chocolate, sage and maple harmonize with the sumptuous dark-fruit expression. With its notable combination of power and suppleness, this wine is called the “gentle giant” by our winemakers. Dense, mouth-coating tannins give plush texture to the palate and promise long aging potential. Maple and spice tones from new French oak barrels infuse the aromas and add warmth to the long, smooth 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.
Heralded as a near-flawless vintage in Napa Valley, 2010 had the latest onset to harvest in several decades. We crushed the first grapes after Labor Day, about two weeks later than average. The late onset to harvest resulted from above-average rainfall and cool temperatures that persisted into May, followed by a mostly cool, foggy summer that slowed fruit maturity. But just as we started worrying that the grapes would never ripen, Mother Nature surprised us with heat spells to boost their flavors and sugar levels. The long hangtime and full maturity added up to exceptionally rich wines with exquisite balance.
To achieve a wine of great elegance while capturing the intense To Kalon flavors, we fermented 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. We bottled the wine without fining.