2014 Oakville Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon


2014 Oakville Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon


2014 was yet another amazing vintage from the Napa Valley - intense, rich, dark and delicious! This powerful yet balanced To Kalon Cabernet is a brightly balanced blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 3% Malbec.  
The fruit is from the Oakville Station which is part of the historic ToKalon Vineyard and was aged for 34 months in custom French Oak barrels.   Only four barrels were produced.

94 Points - Robert Parker (The Wine Advocate)

Double Gold Award from the American Fine Wine Competition - January 2018

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SOIF: September 22, 2017


Dark dried garnet, staining orange.  Honey-baked ham and wildflower tincture run thick with dank mint driven deep into worn out work boots. The concentrated oak directs sauced onion and jelly-donut frosting into a savory stillness dripping with luxury.

If you read wine-blogs, you surely have read something along the lines of “everything in the bouquet translates perfectly across to the flavor”.  Fairly common, and is code for: “I have absolutely no idea what I am doing and know nothing about wine and I’m tired of writing because it’s hard so pour me another glass let’s get drunk YAY!” I was reminded of this phrase as I tasted this wine, because it goes a completely opposite direction  on the tongue.  Shockingly so.  Where I was almost anticipating oxidation and flabbiness in the nose, this thing churns out the brilliant young fresh life all over upon tasting.

In the mouth, bright zingy sarsaparilla and lemon-lime blast ridiculous amounts of fruit in all directions.  Peaks of spice and acid churn the scalp, and the prettiest clean pure cherry fruit bond-beams the entire center together.  Sweet-bitter gradually creeps into the finish–thin, even: nowhere NEAR as concentrated as the nose might have hinted–adding even more life to a wine positively jumping with youthful vigor.  Dark smoky candied fruit appears far into the finish, wrapping and sealing the whole package in full circle.

This wine isn’t cheap, and is made in extremely small quantities, but it is definitely one to watch.