To Kalon Vineyard Co. "Highest Beauty" Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
(Oakville, Napa Valley, California) - [WS 96] [JS 95] [JD 95]
Regular price $225.00 Sale price $198.99 Save $26.01
Notes from the Winemaker:
This wine, brilliantly red-purple, has an energy and freshness that makes it resonate at a very high frequency. The result of a relatively warm summer, followed by a mild autumn, the 2017 “Highest Beauty” captures the aromatic intensity and textural delicacy of the vintage. Harvested in the first days of October, the grapes had the opportunity to develop fully, with rounded tannins and bright perfume, and with a heightened level of natural acidity.
The wine is mouthwatering and balanced, with notes of raspberry, vanilla bean, loam, clove and frankincense. It is incredibly seductive, both on the nose and on the palate. This vintage exhibits refinement over power, tone over bulk, but with a compelling intensity.
Ratings & Reviews
"Features warmed loam, hot stone and smoldering tobacco aspects, with a lush and deeply layered core of plum sauce and blackberry preserve flavors, steadily expanding as it airs in the glass. A big wine, beautifully rendered and very grounded. Best from 2022 through 2040. 500 cases made." - JM (11/15/2020)
95 Points - James Suckling:
"Nuts, herbs and ripe blackcurrant and blackberry flavors. Full-bodied with a suave texture and ripe tannins. Round, relatively soft and creamy-textured. Needs a couple of years to come together. A more elegant and drinkable rendition than the 2016, the first release. Try after 2022." (12/9/2020)
95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"Coming from the talented Andy Erickson and a tiny production cuvée based all on To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Highest Beauty sports a dense purple hue as well as a gorgeous nose of crème de cassis, lead pencil, Asian spices, flowery incense, and sandalwood. As with many 2017s (as well as wines from Erickson), it has a slightly Bordeaux style in its texture and tannins and is medium to full-bodied, with terrific purity of fruit, ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish. This beautiful, elegant wine can be drunk any time over the coming two decades or more." (3/5/2021)