2013 Provenance Beckstoffer To Kalon
Country : USA
Vintage : 2013
Region : Oakville
The wines from Provenance Vineyards in Rutherford. They have consistently produced wines of the highest quality and done so for incredibly affordable prices. However over the last couple of years the wines were missing in action here due to some supplier issues that we don't need to get into so when the 2013 Rutherford Cabernet bottling turned up on my desk I was incredibly excited about the possibility to work with the brand again. Then we tasted the wine. Talk about being blown away! I can say without question, and I've worked with this brand since its inception, that this is the best Provenance Rutherford Cabernet I've ever had. Provenance Vineyards began all the way back with the release, in the early 2000's, of the 1999 version of this Rutherford Cab. At that point in time I was new in the wine biz and just learning the ropes. I was working at a small shop and we tasted a ton of wine together, which really helped bring my palate along rapidly, and I can still remember tasting the first vintage of this wine. Tom Rinaldi had just left Duckhorn to help start this winery and everyone was intrigued on why he would do such a thing, I mean he made like 20+ years at Duckhorn and helped them build their brand from scratch. But once we tasted the wine we knew we were in for a fun ride. Now 15 years later or so we are still reaping those rewards
As for the red wines, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (14,460 cases) from Rutherford is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It was aged 22 months in mostly French oak, although some American and Hungarian casks were utilized. Most of the fruit comes from the Beckstoffer George III vineyard as well as Hewitt’s own estate vineyard. This beauty may be the best Cabernet Sauvignon from Provenance that I have tasted to date. Loads of crème de cassis, creosote and smoky barbecue notes are followed by a wine with deep blackcurrant fruit, some black cherries, a hint of loamy soil, nice spice, and a layered, full-throttle mouthfeel. The acids are present, giving the wine energy, yet there’s a long finish and impressive purity. This is no wimpish wine either at 15.2% natural alcohol. Drink it over the next 20+ years. (RP)
"This is a fantastic To Kalon with focus and precision. Plenty of spice, chili paste, and dark fruit. Full body with a tight and linear finish. Extremely long and focused. Savory. Last vintage of To Kalon for this winery. Drink now but a long life ahead of it." - James Suckling
With intense, ripe flavors and powerful structure, the 2013 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon dazzles. The wine's luxuriously rich crème de cassis, blackberry, and black cherry character unfolds with nuances of rum raisin, forest loam, coffee bean, and bay laurel. Pecan and oak spice notes from new French oak barrels meld with the Cabernet Sauvignon expression, from the generous aromas through the broad.dark-fruit finish.