Tor Cabernet Sauvignon "Cimarossa Vineyard" 2011 (Napa Valley, California) - [RP 94-96] [WS 94] [ST 90-92]

Tor Cabernet Sauvignon "Cimarossa Vineyard" 2011
(Napa Valley, California) - [RP 94-96] [WS 94] [ST 90-92]


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Notes from the Winemaker:

Vintage
After all the grapes were in, I was asked by Wine Spectator to comment on the vintage - “I think there will be some exceptional wines, but they won’t be because of luck. They will reflect experienced growers and winemakers who took adversity and turned it to their advantage.” Now that the wines are in the bottle, I stick with that quote.

Vineyard
“Cimarossa” means ‘red hill top’ in Italian, which aptly defines this very special hillside vineyard planted on a volcanic cinder cone. The elevation is 2,100 feet, and the soils are predominately red volcanic rock and dust. Not much can be cultivated on these steep hills besides vines and some olive trees (which produce my favorite California olive oil). This is a special place: the clusters are small, the berries are tiny, but the flavors are BIG! Our last Cimarossa vineyard designate was in 2009 and earned the highest Wine Spectator score for that appellation, ever.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes
This is the biggest Cabernet in profile from 2011 but still shows the vintage very clearly. This has classic Howell Mountain richness and density with the blueberry/blackberry that we normally get from this great Cabernet site. Perhaps the longest lived Cimarossa we have had since the 2003, this will be one to try on release but consider cellaring and trying it over a long lifetime.

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Production: 344 cases
Release date: January 2014


Ratings & Reviews

94-96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The fabulous 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Vineyard offers additional evidence of how brilliant this vintage turned out on this high elevation, mountain AVA. Tor told me the crop reached perfect ripeness on Howell Mountain, and the result is a wine of great intensity and lots of mulberry, blackberry and violet-infused notes intermixed with a hint of graphite, a full-bodied richness and a layered mouthfeel. One of the stars of the vintage, this beauty should be consumed over the next 15+ years." - Robert Parker (Oct 2013)

94 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
A gorgeous wine, deep, rich and loaded with pure, distinctive blackberry, black cherry, black licorice and spicy cigar box nuances. Gains depth and length on the long, layered finish. Drink now through 2024. 344 cases made." –JL (Oct 15, 2014)

90-92 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Bright red-ruby. Subdued but pure aromas of cassis and bitter chocolate, plus a whiff of berry syrup. Rich, broad and dry, with flavors of cassis, dark chocolate, menthol and coffee. Finishes with serious Howell Mountain tannins and a distinctly cool character." - Stephen Tanzer (May/June 2013)