Prestige Wine & Spirits USD 111.20 750ml

Tor Cabernet Sauvignon Tierra Roja 2010

External Review by Prestige Wine & Spirits:

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Tierra Roja Vineyard (a 4-acre Oakville parcel situated directly below the Dalla Valle vineyards) is a backward, full-bodied, tannic wine boasting an inky/purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of loamy soil, wet rocks, red and black currants, blueberries and incense. Ripe, full-bodied and built for the long haul, this wine should be forgotten for 3–4 years and drunk over the following 20+ years.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Tierra Roja Vineyard:
One Christmas our neighbor, Al Denatale, came down to a little party that we were having. That was when we learned that his family had been one of the earliest owners of the property. His family bought it in 1923, the year that Al was born, and owned it until 1948/9. The house was built by the previous owner, although Al did not know the name. August and Martha Liebig bought the property a... Read more
One Christmas our neighbor, Al Denatale, came down to a little party that we were having. That was when we learned that his family had been one of the earliest owners of the property. His family bought it in 1923, the year that Al was born, and owned it until 1948/9. The house was built by the previous owner, although Al did not know the name. August and Martha Liebig bought the property around 1950 and ran a custom hay farming operation from here for many years. I have the pleasure to be friends with the Liebig family. While the elder Liebigs have both died, their children Mike and his wife Shirley have since moved to Lake County. I still see their kids Kent, Tim, Brian and their families regularly. They made many changes to the house, including finishing the inside, which had just been studs. Bill and Elaine Welker bought the property in December 1978. They are best remembered here for installing the original “cocktail bridge” where they would meet the neighbors, Bill and Rene Harter, at sunset. Then it was owned by Doug and Paige Wight. Doug is a long time vineyard manager here in the Napa Valley. They moved to town when their children became so active in school that carting them back and forth became a full time job. What a break for me! In November 1987 Michael and I bought the property. Doug had planted vines on the flat area and we could see the remnants of the Denatale vineyard on the hill. By 1989 we had terraced and planted the hill with Cabernet Sauvignon. Now I am the sole owner of the vineyard and home that you see. Not a lot has changed here in all that time except that you can share in the history through the wine. Read less

External Reviews for Tor Cabernet Sauvignon Tierra Roja

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
11/06/2013

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Tierra Roja Vineyard (a 4-acre Oakville parcel situated directly below the Dalla Valle vineyards) is a backward, full-bodied, tannic wine boasting an inky/purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of loamy soil, wet rocks, red and black currants, blueberries and incense. Ripe, full-bodied and built for the long haul, this wine should be forgotten for 3–4 years and drunk over the following 20+ years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
10/28/2013

Deftly balanced, showing rich, extracted currant and dark berry flavors, with floral and spicy scents and a pretty overlay of toasty mocha-laced oak stretching into espresso. Drink now through 2024.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
10/28/2013

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Tierra Roja Vineyard is endowed with serious minerality and pure energy. Dark red berries, menthol and licorice all meld together in a deep, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon loaded with structure and power. The Tierra Roja is all about minerality, with layer after layer of crushed rocks, iron and graphite notes that grace the finish. Tor’s Tierra Roja will appeal most to readers who are looking for intensity and drive in Cabernet Sauvignon. As good as this is – and it is outstanding – there is little of the early appeal found in some of the estate’s other Cabernets. Anticipated maturity: 2018–2030.



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