2014 To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Please note: The To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is only available for purchase from the Winery or by calling (707) 968-2020.
This 2014 vintage of To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the prestige and grand terroir of this world class vineyard. It is a wine that truly represents Robert Mondavi's vision of perfection and quest for excellence.
- Genevieve Janssens - Director of Winemaking
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
A powerhouse wine, this iconic Cabernet Sauvignon shows the complexity and intensity of our historic To Kalon vineyard, with mouth-filling flavors of fleshy, blackberry, black plum and black currant fruits, savory herbs, black and white pepper, and cardamom spice structured by generous, well-integrated tannins and bright acidity. An iconic, showstopper wine.
When Robert Mondavi chose the To Kalon Vineyard as the home for his new winery in 1966 he remarked that “It was a vineyard with a distinguished history and a magical nature. Ideal soils, sunlight, and rain—to my eye, the vineyard was a treasure.” Those sentiments were re-confirmed when the To Kalon Vineyard was named ‘Vineyard of the Year’ by the California State Farm Bureau, and the site continues to hold a special grand cru status in the Napa Valley. The To Kalon Vineyard lies in west Oakville where the low fertility, well-drained soils combine with optimal sun exposure to yield rich, complex flavors and impeccable fruit maturity.
Appellation: Oakville District, Napa Valley
Grape Sourcing: 100% Napa Valley, 100% Oakville District, 100% To Kalon Vineyard
2014 started with worrisome, drought-like conditions, and many feared a parched, dry spring as in 2013. Refreshingly, spring rains came in February and into March providing water for the soils and filling reservoirs. The wine growing season will most be remembered for the August 24th Napa earthquake that occurred just as harvest was commencing in the Napa Valley. The vines were not affected and harvest finished early, bringing in beautiful, healthy fruit. Our highly selected fruit for this wine was picked between September 6th and October 8th.
When the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes achieved optimal ripeness, they were hand-harvested into small boxes and carefully transported to our gravity-flow To Kalon Cellar. After hand sorting, the clusters were gently destemmed directly into traditional French oak tanks for fermentation and extended maceration – a total of 34 days of skin contact. The new wine was drained and the skins were gently pressed into 100% new French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation was completed. Twenty-nine months of aging encouraged full integration of oak and fruit and massaged the tannins to their round and supple texture. The vintage was bottled in February of 2016.