Tor Napa Valley Oakville Proprietary Red Wine 2014 / 750 ml.

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RP95+95+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Oct 2016
The 2014 Proprietary Red from Oakville is 44% Cabernet Franc, 44% Petit Verdot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a fabulous wine and a creative blend from Kenward. With a fabulous nose of forest floor, white flowers, licorice, incense, blackcurrant and blueberry fruit, this deep, sumptuous, full-bodied wine has fabulous intensity, low acidity and finely grained, integrated tannins. There is not much of it, but it is a beauty. It can be drunk now or cellared for another two decades.

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Primary Grape: Cabernet Franc | All Grapes: 43% Cabernet Franc, 43% Petit Verdot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon

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Another first for Tor, but given how magnificent this turned out, hopefully not the last time we can make this wine. The combination of West Oakville Cabernet, West Oakville Cabernet Franc and Vine Hill Ranch Petit Verdot has produced a wine unlike any other wines we made in 2014. This wine has the sweet core mid-palate from the Cabernet, the earthy/leather profile from the Cabernet Franc and the intense spice and mineral profile from the Vine Hill Ranch Petit Verdot. Think of this wine as a Haut Brion meets Oakville in all the best possible ways.

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RP95+ 95+ pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (28th Oct 2016)

The 2014 Proprietary Red from Oakville is 44% Cabernet Franc, 44% Petit Verdot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a fabulous wine and a creative blend from Kenward. With a fabulous nose of forest floor, white flowers, licorice, incense, blackcurrant and blueberry fruit, this deep, sumptuous, full-bodied wine has fabulous intensity, low acidity and finely grained, integrated tannins. There is not much of it, but it is a beauty. It can be drunk now or cellared for another two decades.

Description / Tor Napa Valley Oakville Proprietary Red Wine 2014 / 750 ml.

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Another first for Tor, but given how magnificent this turned out, hopefully not the last time we can make this wine. The combination of West Oakville Cabernet, West Oakville Cabernet Franc and Vine Hill Ranch Petit Verdot has produced a wine unlike any other wines we made in 2014. This wine has the sweet core mid-palate from the Cabernet, the earthy/leather profile from the Cabernet Franc and the intense spice and mineral profile from the Vine Hill Ranch Petit Verdot. Think of this wine as a Haut Brion meets Oakville in all the best possible ways.

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Region / California

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When it comes to US wine production, California is King. California wines account for almost 90% of all wines produced in the United States each year, and is home to the most celebrated vineyards and producers in the country. California is probably best known for its world-famous Cabernets and Chardonnays, many of which hail from its two most-acclaimed AVAs, Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Other prominent grapes used in California wines include Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Zinfandel (which California made popular).

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The United States now ranks fourth in the world in wine production behind, France, Italy, and Spain. While about 90% of that wine is produced in California, other states like Oregon, New York, and Washington are establishing themselves as prime spots for wine production, as well. Just about any variety of wine can be found in production somewhere in the United States.

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SKU 44105
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Tor Napa Valley Oakville Proprietary Red Wine
Country United States
Region California
District Napa Valley
Product Location - Location-Appellation Oakville
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14.6%
Brand Tor
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2014
Can it be Shipped Yes
Rating 95.01 pts
Premier Pick No
Wine Spectator Top 100 Year 6
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 43% Cabernet Franc, 43% Petit Verdot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon
Primary Grape Cabernet Franc
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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