- Producer: Stewart Cellars - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Blair Guthrie
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Oakville)
- Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vintage production: 235 cases
- Winery location: Yountville
- Owners: Michael Stewart
- First vintage: 2016
- Drinking window: 2021-2041+
About The Wine
The Stewart family began crafting wines 20 years ago with a promise in mind; delivering exceptional, age worthy wines, while taking you on a journey. The NOMAD Collection builds upon that promise with an exploration of Napa Valley’s most exquisite vineyards and their unique terroir as Stewart Cellars showcases the Beckstoffer Heritage Vineyards.
The Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyard, perhaps Napa's most famous, is located on the lower slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains in east-Oakville. The Stewart Cellars To Kalon is from 100% Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon that was planted in 1996, harvested in October 2016.
Whole-berry fermentaion in stainless steel fermenters was followed by wet cap immersion, totalling 28 days of maceration. It was racked into French oak barrells (87.5% new) for 22 months prior to bottling.
Perhaps the most famous of the Beckstoffer vineyards, Beckstoffer To Kalon was purchased from Beaulieu Vineyard in 1993. Napa pioneer Hamilton Crabb first planted the vineyard in 1868, and it has produced some of the Napa Valley's best red grapes ever since. Replanted in 1994 to multiple clones of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with modern trellising and closer vine spacing, the vineyard produces several highly coveted vineyard-designated wines. In 2007 the property was placed under a land conservation easement that forever prohibits non-agricultural development.
Stewart Cellars NOMAD Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Nomad Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is pure To Kalon on the nose, with a flowery, incense, and spicy character as well as gorgeous blackberry and cassis-like fruits. Full-bodied and powerful, yet balanced and graceful, it’s another beautiful, classic 2018 readers will love. Drink it any time over the coming 15-20 years."
97 points, Jeb Dunnuck (May 2022)
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Nomad Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon bursts with black cherry compote, crème de cassis and plum preserves scents, plus hints of tar, wild sage and licorice with a waft of dusty soil. Packed with black fruit and earthy layers, the medium to full-bodied palate has a solid frame of grainy tannins, finishing long and earthy."
96+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Nov. 2021)