TOR Tierra Roja Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Oakville|
The most rigorous barrel selection we have ever made from this vineyard. For that reason, given the vintage and the strict barrel cepage, it might be our best Tierra Roja to date. I also think each vintage we know more about the vineyard and the unique wines it makes and we dig deeper and deeper to find its secrets. More dark fruits in this Tierra Roja than ones from the past, and again, it is multilayered. This reminded us very much of recent vintages of Screaming Eagle and Bond St Eden. We looked for the dark fruits, more density and structure, more back fruits than previous vintages, serious, serious wine, as serious a Tierra Roja as we've made, more brooding, pure alluring, spicy, dried mediterranean herb, closer to Screaming Eagle, Bond St Eden.lPlease Allow 2-3 Weeks
In 2017, for the first time, the Cabernet Sauvignon from Tierra Roja Vineyard was left on skins after the primary fermentation, "since it just kept getting better and better", according to Tor Kenward. It was aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels. Deep garnet purple in color, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Tierra Roja Vineyard gives up pronounced cassis, red currant jelly, raspberry leaves and dusty earth scents with nuances of unsmoked cigars, wild thyme and lavender. Medium-bodied, the palate has a super-firm backbone of chewy tannins and great freshness with taut, tightly wound fruit, finishing on a lingering savory note. 250 cases were made.