Tor Kenward specializes in single-vineyard Cabs, but like in 2005, they found that their single vineyard sources combined to create an exceptional cuvee that represents the best of Napa Valley. Its earthy, spicy nose is filled with blackberry fruit and just a hint of mint, and the palate is flush with deep black, round fruits upfront and on the mid-palate, framed by supple tannins that firm up a bit on the finish, savory herbs and clove-cinnamon spice. In his preview of the 2009s, Robert Parker wrote: "Tasting through the 2009s suggest that Tor Kenward must have picked virtually all his fruit prior to the rains. I'll wait until they are in bottle to pass judgment, but certainly they all appear to be fabulous wines. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa and the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Vineyard from Howell Mountain are both very good. However, his Beckstoffer To-Kalon cuvees (there will be four in 2009) look to be mid to upper 90-point efforts that are slightly more front end-loaded with sweeter tannins and more precocious personalities than either the 2007s or 2008s. They will probably be charming, nearly irresistible when released, but I will report on them more fully next year. The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignons, which were reviewed last year, were terrific, and the 2008s appear to have equaled, perhaps eclipsed those cuvees. Moreover, barrel samples of the 2009s indicate they may be among the finest wines he has yet produced."
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