• Producer: Vice Versa
  • Winemakers: Patrice Breton & Philippe Melka
  • Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Oakville)
  • Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vintage production: c.200 cases
  • Winery location: St. Helena
  • Owner: Patrice Breton
  • First vintage: 2014
  • Drinking window: 2022-2042+

 

About The Wine

 

It is difficult not to be impressed by this extraordinary site. Stretching from the foot of the Mayacamas Mountains to Highway 29, To Kalon is arguably Napa Valley’s most famous vineyard. Originally planted in 1868 by early pioneer Hamilton Crabb, this Oakville property has a majestic quality that charms vintners and connoisseurs alike. It is a vineyard that inspires the few who have the privilege of sourcing fruit here to work with even greater precision to allow its purity to shine through. With a name that is aptly translated as “the highest beauty,” To Kalon embodies grace, power, and unapologetic confidence. The blocks from which we source are part of the 89 acres purchased by Beckstoffer Vineyards in 1993. Replanted in 1994 with modern trellising and closer vine spacing that nods to European tradition, the vines here must work harder as they compete with one another, bringing about smaller yields of tiny berries with intense fruit flavours.

 

Vice Versa Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

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  • "Pure Napa Valley magic, as well as a perfect wine, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is all varietal and was raised 18 months in 75% new French oak, bottled with no fining. Insanely gorgeous crème de cassis, white flowers, incense, and spicy notes define the bulk of the bouquet, and it hits the palate with a full-bodied, powerful, yet weightless mouthfeel, perfect tannins, and just every single aspect in the right place. This is toe curling stuff that will knock your socks off any time over the coming two decades or more. Hats off to the team at Vice Versa and the Melka consulting team."

    100 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Mar. 2022)