Tor Kenward spent 27 years as a senior executive with Beringer Vineyards working in winemaking and marketing, helping to build a wine company known to collectors worldwide for its outstanding Reserve and single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. He retired in 2001, and along with his wife Susan, started TOR Kenward Family Wines, a small wine company based on single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays. He walked every corner of Napa and Sonoma those three decades, an avid student of what makes a great vineyard. Luckily, he is working today with people whom he considers to be extraordinary growers dedicated to growing the highest quality grapes. We farm these special vineyard sites by acre-by-acre — meaning we work together to achieve the best possible grapes regardless of cost. Our winemaking is driven by the same philosophy: constantly striving for the best, whatever it takes. Tor works exclusively with small cooperage houses in France to ensure we have the best barrels, and uses natural yeasts for both primary and secondary fermentations. Grapes are hand sorted, and our wines are crafted in very small cuvees so as to receive minimal handling. If we harvest what we consider world-class grapes, our job as winemakers is to stay out of the way. That takes experience and patience, but can be very rewarding when it all comes together.
From high up Howell Mountain, the Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Vineyard possesses massive fruit concentration, blue/ black fruits in addition to floral notes and crushed rocks in a full-bodied, intense, layered style.