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We focus on single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines, cuvées and Bordeaux varietals…

Vintner’s Cuvée

Pure Magic Vine Hill Ranch

2019 TOR
Pure Magic Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard
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This co-fermentation has an extremely rich palate and soaring aromatics that show smoked brisket, earth, black berries, black cherries and mint.

  • 96-98 points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous
  • 97-99 points — Jeb Dunnuck
  • 100 points — International Wine Report

2019 TOR
Black Magic
Release Spring 2022

This is all dark fruit and density. This year’s Black Magic shows tremendous depth and tannins that are almost totally buried in pure macerated black fruits, black berries, Turkish coffee, unsmoked tobacco, tar and black licorice.

  • 97-100 points – Jeb Dunnuck
  • 100 points – International Wine Report
  • 17.5 points – Jancis Robinson

Cabernet Sauvignon

Vine Hill Ranch

2019 TOR Cabernet Sauvignon
Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard, Oakville
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This wine shows the classic Vine Hill dried herbs and roasted red meats with sage, basil and fennel. It shows slightly more black fruited on the palate than most 2019 Cabernets, which were more red fruit forward. The amazing texture and balance continues to resonate through the long silky finish.

  • 96-98 points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous
  • 97-99 points – Jeb Dunnuck
  • 98 points – International Wine Report
Melanson Vineyard

2019 TOR Cabernet Sauvignon
Melanson Vineyard, Pritchard Hill
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There is the typical tannin structure off of Pritchard Hill but this year the perception of the tannin is more supple and smooth. There is roast beef, tobacco, menthol, dried herbs, vineyard dust and currants.

  • 94-96 points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous
  • 95-97 points – Jeb Dunnuck
  • 98 points – International Wine Report
  • 18.5 points – Jancis Robinson
Tierra Roja

2019 TOR Cabernet Sauvignon
Tierra Roja Vineyard, Oakville
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The 2019 Tierra Roja immediately shows the more classic red fruit profile that you expect from the intense/iron rich soils. This shows a very floral side to the aromatics with roses/rosemary/lavender and sage. The palate is firm but with sweet tannins and a bit of wet earth, cloves and cinnamon stick.

  • 93-95 points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous
  • 96 points – International Wine Report
Oakville Cab

2019 TOR Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville
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This vintage shows the classic Oakville cabernet notes of cassis, wet earth and black cherry. Upon tasting you are struck with the very rich/dense and long palate that shows the lift and brightness that Oakville brings to cabernet. There is bittersweet chocolate, mint, tobacco and espresso as the wine tails off to a long and silky finish.

  • 96 points – International Wine Report
  • 18 points – Jancis Robinson
Dr Crane Cab

2019 TOR Cabernet Sauvignon
Beckstoffer Dr. Crane
Release Spring 2022

The first Dr. Crane from Tor shows just why wineries clamor for the best sites within this small old quarry site in St Helena. Right out of the ate this shows the classic hot rocks/wet earth profile that it has become known for. This has loads of espresso, dark chocolate, cloves and juniper berries. As rich as this is it has a remarkable mid palate freshness that just carries the wine through to an almost endless finish.

  • 97 points – International Wines Report
Beckstoffer to Kalon

2019 TOR Cabernet Sauvignon
Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard
Release Spring 2022

This vintage has all of the depth and richness that you expect from a To Kalon Cabernet, but with much more refined tannins and a slight rosewater, tobacco edge, that is not normally there. In addition, the lift and freshness of the added Cab Franc, makes this wine extremely food friendly.

  • 98-100 points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous
  • 96-99 points – Jeb Dunnuck
  • 98 points – International Wine Report
  • 18.5++ points – Jancis Robinson

Passion Projects

2018 TOR Old Vines Petite Sirah
Palisades Vineyard, Napa Valley
Release Spring 2022

This wine shows the classic Petite Sirah profile of loads of black fruits, smoked meats and dark spices.

Chasing Windmills

2019 Chasing Windmills Grenache
Fulldraw Vineyard
Release Spring 2022

This wine is sporting a very dark black ruby color with game meats, super sweet blackberry liquor and spice. On the palate there is an intensely dense/rich attack with a seamless and silky mid palate. This is a largely black fruit/profile wine with more blackberry, road tar, cloves and black licorice.

Chardonnay

2019 TOR Chardonnay
Torchiana, Beresini Vineyard, Carneros Napa
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Dense, textural, vibrant Chardonnay from thirty-year old, dry grown Hyde selection Wente clone vines in Carneros. 375 cases made.

  • 96+ points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
  • 96 points – International Wine Report
TOR 2019 Cuvee Susan

2019 TOR Chardonnay
Hyde Vineyard, Cuvée Susan, Carneros
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This wine shows its classic floral nose with honeysuckle, sea spray, lemon curd and tangerine. As is typical, the Hyde is more of a medium weight wine whose elegance allows it to be paired with any type of sea food that there is, but especially Dungeness crab.

  • 96 points — Jeb Dunnuck
  • 96 points — Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
  • 96 points — International Wine Report
TOR 2019 Carneros

2019 TOR Chardonnay
Carneros, Napa Valley
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This wine is from three historic Chardonnay vineyards, the sum of this winemaker’s selection is greater than its parts. Steve Beresini’s thirty-year-old, dry-farmed heritage vines gives depth and texture, Hyde Vineyard’s wind-cooled topography gives minerality and precision, Durell vineyard contributes richness and opulence. 300 cases made.

  • 95 points — James Suckling
  • 95 points — International Wine Report
2019 HS Chard

2019 HS
Napa Valley Chardonnay
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The 2019 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay shows its classic floral nose with honeysuckle, sea spray, lemon curd and tangerine.

  • 96 points — International Wine Report
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