Growing Conditions

The 2016 Amici Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Franc lives up to the storied reputation of To Kalon as one of the finest vineyards in the country. Originally planted in 1868 by Hamilton Crabb, this vineyard has produced some of the Napa Valley's best Cabernet Sauvignons, gaining legendary status as one of America’s first-growth vineyards. To Kalon sits on prime Oakville benchland where well-drained, gravelly soils combine with optimal sun exposure to yield rich flavors and impeccable fruit maturity. 2016 was another in a string of excellent vintages for Napa winemaking. Generous winter rains brought much-needed rainfall to saturate the root zones and replenish reservoirs. Moderate temperatures and bright sunshine enabled the vines to thrive throughout the spring and summer, creating a balanced, optimal growing pace. Warm days and cool nights during harvest season allowed ripening to progress at an even pace, resulting in wines that display complex fruit flavors and balanced acidity.

Winemaking

A dark, vibrant purple in color, this wine offers complex aromas of cinnamon, cardamom, cassis and eucalyptus along with blackberry and black raspberry leaf. The palate features great density and a smooth, juicy center along with enticing mid-palate sweetness. Flavors of dark cherry, blackberry juice, baking spice and chocolate are complemented by a fresh, mineral clay note that carries through the finish.

Aging

95% stainless steel and 5% barrel fermentation. Aged 22 months in 100% new French oak barrels