2011 Tor Kenward "Cimarossa" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1153188 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. (RP)  (10/2013)

95 points Vinous

 The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Vineyard shows just how great the vintage was in some spots, much of Howell Mountain in particular. Savory herbs, tobacco, menthol, licorice and cloves are some of the many notes that meld together in a wine of remarkable complexity, nuance and finesse. Firm, structured and deeply expressive, the 2011 boasts tons of energy and pure brilliance. The mountain tannins need time to soften, but further bottle age should do the trick. Drinking window 2016-2031. (AG)  (11/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (10/2014)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Very ripe aromas of red raspberry, graphite, rose petal and nutty oak, accented by herbs and pepper. Silky and very intense, with distinctly claret-like leafy and mineral flavors adding interest to the currant and raspberry fruit. Slightly edgy acidity will need a bit of time to knit with the wine's fruit. Just a tad herbal but energetic on the aftertaste. The crop level here was solid as the flowering occurred after the early-June rain, and Kenward told me he didn't even need a sorting table for this fruit. (ST) 91+  (5/2014)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.7