- Producer: Cliff Lede Vineyards - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Christopher Tynan
- Region (AVA): Napa (Oakville)
- Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vintage production: 615 cases
- Winery location: Stags Leap District
- Owner: Cliff Lede
- First vintage: 2012
- Drinking window: 2019-2054
About The Wine:
In the cool darkness of night, grapes were hand-picked into twenty-five pound bins to minimize crushing. By early morning, the grapes were subjected to rigorous selection by a three-tiered sorting process, which includes CLV's cutting edge optical sorter and a slow, individual berry hand sort. The fruit was gently gravity-delivered to small tanks and wooden cuves by a unique crane system, which kept the berries intact. Cold soaks lasted from five to eight days, and fermentations were managed through a combination of pump overs and délestage.
Extended maceration of up to six weeks ensured exceptional extraction and fine-tuning of tannin profiles. This wine underwent eighteen months of élevage in French oak barrels, 88% of which were new.
Cliff Lede Vineyards Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
"Leading off the three wines from Cliff Lede, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon is pure perfection in a glass. This extraordinary wine is unquestionably one of the finest in this report and has an awesome, singular style that's hard to believe. Saturated purple in color, it offers a kaleidoscope of gamey blueberries, crushed black cherries, forest floor, leafy herbs, and damp earth. Deep, massively concentrated, and layered on the palate, it has layer upon layer of complexity and texture, building sweet tannins, and a monster finish. This is one of those magical wines that you can't forget. Drink it any time over the coming 3-4 decades."
100 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2019)
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon leaps from the glass with fragrant notes of potpourri, oolong tea, Chinese five spice, hoisin and fallen leaves with a core of warm blackberries, crushed blackcurrants and eucalyptus. Full-bodied and powerfully fruited in the mouth, the black fruit and spicy layers have a firm yet velvety backbone and the finish is long and perfumed."
98+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Oct. 2018)