When considering Oakville Cabernet Sauvignons that retail for under $100, Tor’s 2017 release, which replaces their Napa Valley Cabernet, has everybody on high-alert.  After-all, the wine is sourced exclusively from the iconic Tierra Roja Vineyard which neighbors Screaming Eagle, Backus, Maya, and Rudd.  The vineyard consists of four acres of steeply terraced vines, planted in red volcanic soils that are laden with large rocks.  The vineyard is idolized for producing very perfumed, dark, complex wines, with remarkable power and finesse.  Vineyard designated Cabs from this site retail for around $175 and garner massive scores, so the value that you’ll find in Tor’s 2017 Oakville Cabernet is simply unmatched.
This stunning interpretation of Oakville Cabernet was brought to life by winemaker Jeff Ames, who was the former assistant winemaker who worked alongside Thomas Rivers Brown at Schrader, Maybach, Outpost, as well as Tor before he took over as head winemaker.  Jeff also produces Rudius, and if you’ve tasted the Rudius Kaley Elizabeth Cabernet, you know exactly what this vineyard has to offer.

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Winery Notes: “Our first Oakville designate Cabernet is an auspicious debut, classic Oakville East with its pure cassis, cherries, raspberries, licorice, dark chocolate, espresso, violets, dried Mediterranean herbs, and warm red rock minerality. Sumptuous yet fresh, with a fleshy, juicy mid palate and ripe, chewy tannins. Just a lovely Cabernet to drink, now and for the next 15-20 years.”
94-95 Points – International Wine Report