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A taste of Howell Mountain: Tor Cimarossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2003-2016

Elin McCoy visits Tor Wines to taste a vertical of its Cimarossa Cabernet...

After two days on Napa’s Howell Mountain, I head to the home of Tor Kenward, owner of Tor Wines, for a very exclusive tasting.

‘I can’t believe it, but this is the first time we’ve done a vertical of our Tor Cimarossa vineyard Cabernet,’ he marvels as we settle onto a comfy couch in the living room of his stone house just north of St. Helena. ‘It’s exciting; I think some of these wines will outlive me!’

Tor Wines at a glance: 

Location Napa Valley
Founded 2001
Proprietors Tor and Susan Kenward
Winemaker Jeff Ames
Number of wines 15, with many single-vineyard bottlings
Cabernet single vineyards Cimarossa (Howell Mountain), Beckstoffer To Kalon (Oakville), Melanson (Pritchard Hill), Tierra Roja (Oakville East), Herb Lamb (Howell Mountain Foothills)
Grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Grenache
Average annual production 3,500 to 4,000 cases

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