99 POINTS - Jeb Dunnuck
While this site is known for its incredible Cabernet Sauvignon, today, it also produces some of the finest Cabernet Franc in the world. The 2018 Cabernet Franc Lithology Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard offers a crazy bouquet of wildflowers, violets, tobacco, crème de cassis, and assorted darker berry fruits. Full-bodied, ultra-fine, and perfectly balanced, with thrilling tannins, it’s another “do not miss” wine. The blend is 87% Cabernet Franc and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon that was fermented in a mix of tank and puncheons and aged 20 months in 75% new French oak. I’m probably underrating this by a point.
- Jeb Dunnuck