- Producer: Cliff Lede Vineyards - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Christopher Tynan
- Region (AVA): Napa (Oakville)
- Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vintage production: 515 cases
- Winery location: Stags Leap District
- Owner: Cliff Lede
- First vintage: 2012
- Drinking window: 2020-2040
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 2017
"Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from one of the Grand Cru sites in the valley, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon reveals a saturated purple color as well as a gorgeous nose of red, black, and blue fruits intermixed with notions of unsmoked tobacco, incense, decayed flowers, and forest floor. Beautifully complex, nuanced, and layered, with a full-bodied mouthfeel and loads of building yet ripe tannins, it's a stunning achievement in 2017 that's not far off what was achieved in 2016. Drink it over the coming 20 years or more."
96+ points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2020)