Tor Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Tor Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


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Winemaker's Notes:

The 2016 Cimarossa Cabernet continues the lineage we been developing for 15 years. This is a true Howell Mountain Cabernet. It is not to drink immediately, it demands and deserves your full attention. This is a wine of structure, immense depth and richness that will age and improve for years. It is all about black fruits, smoke, slow-cooked meats and mouth-filling richness. This is a wine to savor with the best of friends over a decadent meal.

Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
Brand Tor
Alcohol/vol 15.2%
  • wa96

Wine AdvocateCimarossa means "red hill top" in Italian, which aptly defines this very special hillside vineyard, planted on a volcanic cinder cone. The elevation is 2,100 feet, and the soils are predominately red volcanic rock and dust. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Vineyard gives up cassis, blackberry pie, blueberry tart and earth with notions of spices, camphor, meat and wood smoke. Full-bodied, firm and grainy, the palate is packed with fruit and spices, finishing layered, very long and savory. 211 cases produced.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, September 2018
  • v94

Vinous The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Vineyard captures all the magic of this site on Howell Mountain. Graphite, smoke, leather, incense, grilled herbs and menthol come alive in a powerful, vertical wine loaded with potential and class. A dollop of new oak influence from Darnajou barrels adds opulence and a sheen of raciness this wine may not need. Even so, the Cimarossa is striking. There is no doubt about that.

Antonio Galloni, December 2018