International Wine ReportAs the 2012 'Tierra Roja' Cabernet Sauvignon slowly begins to open, it begins to releases wonderful aromas of dark currants and black cherries, which are followed by blackberry liquor, violets, anise and fresh minerals. The full body is nicely structured around a core of gorgeous pure fruits and really begins to soften up nicely with extended air contact. Of all the 2012's from Tor, this seems to require the most air contact before it begins to show its true character, so readers will need to show a bit more patience here, however that being said this will prove to be age worthy and there is a certainly a very long, bright future ahead. (Best 2018-2034).
Robert Parker, The Wine AdvocateTor 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!