To Kalon Vineyard Co. Eliza’s Red Blend 2019
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Oakville|
|Brand||To Kalon Vineyard Co.|
To Kalon Vineyard Company’s “Eliza’s” cuvée is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, two varieties that best showcase the strength and spirit of this historic site at the foot of the Mayacamas Mountains. The wine is named after Eliza Yount, one of Napa’s bestknown early pioneers, widow to the founder of nearby Yountville, and one-time owner of a quiet corner of To Kalon, on Walnut Lane, that is now home to our coveted planting of Cabernet Franc. This blend produces one of the most compelling examples of Napa Valley wine, with the Cabernet Franc bringing exotic spice notes and floral aromas, and the Cabernet Sauvignon providing weight, structure, and a deep, rich, black fruit character. The combination is rare and uniquely To Kalon—a wine that is effusive and exuberant now, but one that will age for decades to come.
Just about pure perfection, the 2019 Eliza's Red Wine (55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon) offers up incredible darker berry, mulled cherry, spicy oak, and dried flower-like aromas and flavors. With perfect balance, medium to full body, ripe, polished tannins, and a great, great finish, this beauty just sings of ripe Cabernet Franc while bringing plenty of Cabernet Sauvignon structure and density. A sensational bottle of wine, it should evolve for 20 years as well.
Amazing aromas of lead-pencil shavings to the blackcurrants and dark cherries. Sweet tobacco and licorice, too. Full-bodied with very fine tannins that spread across the palate. Extremely long. Slightly more cabernet franc this year, with 60%, the rest cabernet sauvignon. Hard not to drink now, but will deliver even more in four to five years.
The 2019 Eliza's Red Wine-also approximately 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon-may be a bit less floral and exotic than the 2018 version, but it still has an attractive airiness to its silky mouthfeel and delicate herbal, teas-like shadings that beautifully complement the cherry and cassis fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, blessed with ample intensity and tremendous elegance, plus a lingering, flavorful finish.
Leads off with a beautiful plume of warmed cassis and plum compote, followed by sparkles of anise, violet, apple wood, sweet tobacco and sassafras. The finish is underscored by loam and iron as the fruit plays out. Hefty and broad, but with cut and superior detail. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2023 through 2036. 370 cases made.