2018 REALM 'Beckstoffer To Kalon' Cabernet Franc Stags Leap, Napa Valley 1.5L
Winemaker Notes: To Kalon: \TO ka∙lon\ noun: the ideal of physical and moral beauty especially as conceived by the philosophers of classical Greece. It was also the ancient Greeks who first said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If that is true, then To Kalon Vineyard is aptly named and considered by countless people over many decades as the preeminent vineyard of Napa Valley. Realm has been fortunate to work with exceptional fruit from Beckstoffer To Kalon since we began making wine in 2002. Comprised of a portion of the historical To Kalon vineyard first planted to grapes in 1868, the 89-acre parcel was acquired by Andy Beckstoffer in 1993 and replanted using close spacing and modern trellising. Bordering Highway 29 and stretching west nearly to the Mayacamas Mountain range in the Oakville AVA, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard sits on a vast alluvial plain formed millions of years ago during a period of immense geologic activity. The site is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with several rows of Cabernet Franc at its westernmost edge. In 2007 the property was placed under a land conservation easement that forever prohibits non-agricultural development.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "In 2018, Realm was able to pick up a few more rows of the Beckstoffer's To Kalon Cabernet Franc, so it the 2018 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Franc is 100% of this variety. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is youthfully restrained to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal a very earthy, forest floor and truffles profile with notes of crushed rocks and pencil lead leading to a core of kirsch, black raspberries, blackberry compote and black cherries with wafts of lavender, cedar and wild sage. The full-bodied palate is built like a brick house, featuring very firm, super ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness. The finish is so, so layered and minerally with the most gorgeous floral perfume coming through at the very end. Stunning."
James Suckling - "Another incredible wine, the 2018 Cabernet Franc Beckstoffer To Kalon is a full-bodied, dense, concentrated expression of the variety that gives up loads of red and blue fruits, graphite, flowers, and chocolate, with a building sense of minerality on the nose and palate. As with all of Realm’s 2018s, it’s concentrated and powerful, with a backward, age-worthy style. It needs 5-7 years of bottle age, but it’s gorgeous all the way."
Jeb Dunnuck - "Another incredible wine, the 2018 Cabernet Franc Beckstoffer To Kalon is a full-bodied, dense, concentrated expression of the variety that gives up loads of red and blue fruits, graphite, flowers, and chocolate, with a building sense of minerality on the nose and palate. As with all of Realm’s 2018s, it’s concentrated and powerful, with a backward, age-worthy style. It needs 5-7 years of bottle age, but it’s gorgeous all the way."
Vinous - "A new wine in this range, the 2018 Cabernet Franc Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard is stellar. Bright floral and spice accents add lift to a core of dark red fruit. Surprisingly expressive for a young Franc, especially from To Kalon, the 2018 is incredibly sensual and appealing. I would give it a few years in the cellar, as the tannins, while impeccably well-balanced, also need time to soften. I am not sure that Franc from To-Kalon can carry a wine alone, but it will be interesting to find out. This is an intriguing to wine, to say the least. Production is just 600 magnums. 96+"
|Country||USA - California|
|Grape Varietals||Cabernet Franc|