94-95 Points International Wine Report
OAKVILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017 VINEYARD Our 2017 TOR Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville is sourced from the Tierra Roja Vineyard. Drive the Oakville Cross Road to the Silverado Trail, directly look forward and up. This is Tierra Roja, a small four-acre jewel of a hillside vineyard. Great neighbors – Backus, Screaming Eagle, Maya and Rudd. The vineyard is dotted with big rocks, and the soil is definitely roja (very red). You might expect the wines to be massive, but they are very perfumed, dark, and complex - more like Screaming Eagle than neighbor Dalla Valle. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• WINEMAKING This is a barrel selection from both the gentle slope and the steep hillside terraces of the Tierra Roja vineyard. As for all of our Cabernet Sauvignons, the individual lots were fermented on skins between two and three weeks in small tanks, matured for twenty months in new Taransaud and Darnajou barrels, then bottled without fining or filtration. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES Our first Oakville designate Cabernet is an auspicious debut, classic Oakville East with its pure cassis, cherries, raspberries, licorice, dark chocolate, espresso, violets, dried Mediterranean herbs, and warm red rock minerality. Sumptuous yet fresh, with a fleshy, juicy mid palate and ripe, chewy tannins. Just a lovely Cabernet to drink, now and for the next 15-20 years.