Tor Oakville Proprietary Red Wine 2017

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Tor Oakville Proprietary Red Wine 2017

It is the traditional blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite
Verdot and Cabernet Franc, but incredibly complete and harmonious thanks
to the co-fermentation and the early blending of the Cabernet Franc. A wine
of remarkable structure, sumptuous depth and great energy, with an array of
black and blue fruits layered with sesame, espresso, orange peel and oolong tea.

Tor Oakville Proprietary Red Wine 2017

This wine brings together perhaps the two greatest vineyards in Oakville, and the three most
aristocratic varieties of Bordeaux. A co-fermentation of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot from Vine Hill
Ranch blended early in the season with Cabernet Franc from Napa’s most legendary vineyard. I don’t know of any
wine on either side of the ocean that resembles this wine, except perhaps a young La Mission Haut Brion. Usually,
I don’t compare Bordeaux to California, but this is an exception to that rule.
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WINEMAKING The Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot from Vine Hill Ranch were co-fermented, a
practice that we have embraced at TOR, and one whereby the tannin, color and flavor compounds seem to form
larger chains, resulting in richer more “buttery” tannins, and darker more
sumptuous flavors. We blended the co-ferment with the Cabernet Franc early
in the season, so the components would marry in barrel for longer. As different
as the blend is, they all worked together beautifully and have created one of
the top wines of the vintage for us.
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WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES Jeff’s favorite Oakville
Proprietary so far. It is the traditional blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite
Verdot and Cabernet Franc, but incredibly complete and harmonious thanks
to the co-fermentation and the early blending of the Cabernet Franc. A wine
of remarkable structure, sumptuous depth and great energy, with an array of
black and blue fruits layered with sesame, espresso, orange peel and oolong tea.
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VINTAGE It will be one of those vintages that will be discussed for decades to come. The wines we made are
beautiful, our highest-scoring Chardonnays to-date as well as Cabernets and Proprietary Reds that are reflective
of great vintages, with early barrel scores into potential 100-point range. Our reds have excellent extract; layered,
downright sexy wines that have the structure to live a long time. I taste the wines and marvel. It was a very wet
spring, over 30 inches of rain in January and February alone. Spring bloom and set went smoothly, and we rolled
into the summer with heat spikes in July, late August, and early September. By early October all the Chardonnays
were in and the Cabernets were reaching optimum maturity. We dropped a lot of fruit in 2017, a cluster per shoot
in To Kalon, and in part because of this, we had all our fruit in by mid-October. Then came the fire, which had no
influence on our wines, but changed all our lives. The wines themselves are rays of sunlight when I reflect on 2017.
94-97 Points - Antonio Galloni
96-98 Points - International Wine Report

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