International Wine Report
The 'Beckstoffer To Kalon' Cabernet Sauvignon is another absolutely remarkable wine from Tor Kenward in 2012. This captivating wine instantly impresses with its wonderful purity and seductive aromas of ripe black cherries and cassis, followed by fresh cut violets, sweet spices, graphite and chocolate-licorice twist, which burst from the glass. This continues to deliver on the palate with gorgeous layers of full-bodied richness, wrapped in beautiful round tannins, while demonstrating exceptional balance and finesse all the way through the long seamless finish. A tremendous effort that is already showing so much character, yet has the potential to be a true age worthy wine as well. (Best 2016-2035).
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Tor Kenward continues to turn out a portfolio of wines with sensational quality. The longtime public relations guy at Beringer, he has decades of experience with some of the finest winemakers and vineyard sites in Napa and Sonoma. That thorough knowledge and expertise is admirably displayed in the following wines. This may be his best overall performance to date, although his 2011s were very successful for the vintage, and he produced many great 2010s as well. I tasted three bottled 2012 and four 2013 Chardonnay barrel samples. Tor Kenward utilizes highly regarded vineyards generally planted with low-yielding Old Wente clones. Rumors have always suggested these clones came from Corton-Charlemagne in Burgundy many decades ago. Tor has nailed the 2013 vintage as he has produced two wines that push perfection, and several others that merit scores in the high nineties. Kudos to Tor Kenward who is pushing the envelope in a dramatic and brilliant manner!
Direct and powerful, this full-throttle Cabernet offers a dense core of extracted blackberry, black cherry, cassis, mocha, loamy earth, cedar and tobacco leaf flavors. Ends with cedary oak and gripping tannins, but this is ultimately graceful given the size and scope. Drink now through 2030.