To Kalon Vineyard Co. Highest Beauty 2017
To inspire his vision for Highest Beauty, map in hand, Andy Erickson tasted his way through 56 individually fermented blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon from our To Kalon Vineyard. To connect flavor and texture with soil and sun, he then walked the blocks, fine tuning his selections. Along with being a winemaker, Andy is also a highly experienced, hands-on winery designer. Leaving no detail to chance, he helped build the fermenters used to craft this small-lot wine.
This wine, brilliantly red-purple, has an energy and freshness that makes it resonate at a very high frequency. The result of a relatively warm summer, followed by a mild autumn, the 2017 “Highest Beauty” captures the aromatic intensity and textural delicacy of the vintage. Harvested in the first days of October, the grapes had the opportunity to develop fully, with rounded tannins and bright perfume, and with a heightened level of natural acidity. The wine is mouthwatering and balanced, with notes of raspberry, vanilla bean, loam, clove and frankincense. It is incredibly seductive, both on the nose and on the palate. This vintage exhibits refinement over power, tone over bulk, but with a compelling intensity.
Features warmed loam, hot stone and smoldering tobacco aspects, with a lush and deeply layered core of plum sauce and blackberry preserve flavors, steadily expanding as it airs in the glass. A big wine, beautifully rendered and very grounded. Best from 2022 through 2040. 500 cases made. -James Molesworth, Wine Spectator