2013 To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon
Please note: This wine is only available for purchase from the Winery or by calling (707) 968-2020.
This 2013 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
Classic and structured, this wine has intense, mouth-filling flavors of small-berried, dark fruits (huckleberry, elderberry), toasted oak, clove and black pepper spice with a hint of savory complexity that is elegantly expressed on its vibrantly fruited, silky, and lengthy palate. A powerhouse, this wine is a natural extension of the quest for excellence we seek in our historic To Kalon vineyard.
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 the Vineyard of the Year by the California State Farm Bureau in 2011. The To Kalon Vineyard lies on prime benchland in west Oakville. The low fertility, well-drained soils combined with optimal sun exposure yield rich, complex flavors and impeccable fruit maturity. For this To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon we selected grapes from two special vineyard blocks planted in the 1970s.
Appellation: Oakville District, Napa Valley
Grape Sourcing: 100% Napa Valley, 100% Oakville District, 100% To Kalon Vineyard
Another record harvest, 2013 saw consistently beautiful weather leading to optimal ripeness in what is being called an 'epic' year. There was almost no rainfall from January through March, bringing an earlier than usual budbreak. April provided a few small rainstorms to quench the vines, and warm weather followed. With just one heat spike in late June and early July, the growing season provided weather for optimal flavor development in the grapes resulting in an early and healthy harvest. Our highly selected fruit for this wine was picked between September 16th and October 5th.
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.