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TOR Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard Pritchard Hill Napa Valley 2021  - First Bottle


98 International Wine Report -
The 2021 Melanson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon may be Tor’s most impressive release from this vineyard to date. It is a rich, complex, opulent wine, bursting with aromatics of blackberries, blueberries, exotics spices, violets, graphite, mocha, gravel, and loam that all explode from the glass. On the palate this continues to showcase its Pritchard Hill terroir, boasting a sensational full body that is remarkably concentrated and packed with dense layers of ripe dark fruits which expand seamlessly through the wine resulting in a gorgeous mouthfeel. This remains remarkably well-balanced throughout, showing excellent freshness and purity which persists all the way through the opulent finish. This is an absolute gem of a wine that is already outstanding in its youth, but also shows incredible promise for a long evolution ahead. Tor’s Melanson Cabernet has been flirting with perfection for the past few vintages and it seems to be inching its way even closer with this outstanding release in 2021.

Technical Details

  • WinemakerJeff Ames
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationPritchard Hill
  • VineyardMelanson Vineyard
  • Farming MethodOrganic Practices
  • OakTaransaud French oak barrels (80% new oak).
  • Alcohol15.1%

TOR Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard Pritchard Hill Napa Valley 2021

Cabernet Sauvignon  |  US
IWR98, VN94-97, JS96, WA94-96

Organic Practices
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2021 Melanson has an additional level of richness and a slightly higher level of black fruits over the typical red fruit spectrum that Pritchard Hill typically provides. An amazingly rich and seamless mid to back palate that shows off its mountain terroir. This will be the longest-lived Melanson they have ever made, an homage to the majesty of Pritchard Hill. Deep, dark, and opulent.

About the Producer

Over the last four decades, I've walked almost every corner of the Napa Valley striving to understand exactly what makes a great wine. After 27 years helping Beringer build a wine company known for premium single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays, my wife, Susan, and I founded TOR Wines in 2001. Jeff Ames made our first wines that year. The plan was simple: our wines would come from only the best blocks in great vineyard sites I knew and revered." - Tor Kenward