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TOR Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Vine Hill Ranch Oakville Napa Valley 2021  - First Bottle


98 International Wine Report -
The 2021 Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is another blockbuster wine in this vintage from Tor. The fruit for this bottling is a co-ferment of the vineyards gravelly blocks 4, 7, and 3. This Cabernet instantly grabs your attention with its incredibly perfumed aromas of ripe black and blue fruits which are joined by graphite, crushed violets, savory herbs, tobacco, iron and sweet exotic spices that all come together and burst from the glass. On the palate this is full-bodied, powerful and layered with incredible concentration and amazing overall depth. The purity of fruit is striking, as is the overall structure, with its big polished tannins and gorgeous velvety texture. The dense core is laced with rich flavors of sweet black and blue fruits that combine sweet spices and graphite, which all continue to gain momentum as it builds up to the long, graceful finish. This is a monumental wine from Tor that beautifully defines the characteristics of this vineyard. While the 2021 is already stunning today, I expect this to only become more compelling as it evolves over course of the next decade and beyond.

Technical Details

  • WinemakerJeff Ames
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationOakville
  • VineyardVine Hill Ranch
  • Farming MethodOrganic Practices
  • OakFrench oak comprised of Taransaud and Sylvain cooperages (80% new oak).
  • Aging/Cooperage20 Months
  • Alcohol15.1%

TOR Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Vine Hill Ranch Oakville Napa Valley 2021

Cabernet Sauvignon  |  US
IWR98, JS98, VN97, WA95-97

Organic Practices
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2021 Vine Hill Ranch leads with beautiful balance, grace, and length. It is almost equal parts red fruit, blue fruit, and black fruits, displaying one of the greatest Cabernet vineyards in the world. This vintage again shows the amazing mid palate and what the slightly ‘cooler’ side of South Oakville can produce. Its rounded texture and balance continue to resonate through the long silky finish.

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 KenwardSing