The ‘BV4' block of this historic vineyard can produce an impressively weighty, muscular, complex cabernet sauvignon. Our black/ruby-hued 2004 confirms this with a gorgeous, spicy, earthy nose and a thick, dense palate that opens slowly to reveal a mélange of currants, baker's cocoa and graphite. A succession of seductive undertones of clean earth, dried herbs, and black tea add further depth, harmonizing beautifully over a never-ending finish that melds gripping tannins with earthy notes of mocha and tobacco leaf. This is a teeth-staining glimpse of a most cellar-worthy wine.
"A first-growth quality offering is consistently produced from the Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard. The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard (579 cases) offers aromas of tobacco leaf, creme de cassis, graphite, flowers, and licorice in its full-bodied, powerful personality. There are layers of concentration, a multidimensional mouthfeel, and beautiful purity as well as nobility in this stunner. It should drink well for 20-25 years.
The Wine Advocate
"This pushes ripeness to the edge, yet it's balanced, with spicy currant, cedary oak and hints of anise and cassis that are complex and deep without being heavy. The tannins are ripe and polished. Best from 2008 through 2015. 534 cases made."
"Deep red. Powerful dark berry aromas are complicated by cured tobacco, licorice, cedar and incense. Very sweet but poised, with expressive red and dark berry flavors supported by gentle acidity and framed by silky tannins. Gains weight with air, finishing lush and chewy, with outstanding length. As I went back to this it seemed to grow fresher."
International Wine Cellar