Auction 14 | Lot No. 126
TOR Kenward Family Wines
To Kalon Vineyard
5 cases produced
Jeff Ames moved to the Napa Valley in 1999 and shortly thereafter began working as assistant winemaker to Thomas Brown on projects including Schrader, Maybach and TOR. In 2003, he took over as head winemaker at TOR, and in 2005 founded his own brand, Rudius Wines.
Country born: Germany
Education: BA in History
Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years
To let the vineyards fully express themselves and to completely utilize the best qualities of the fruit in a particular vintage.
Q&A With the Winemaker
Q: Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?
A: Produce a single clone, single block, unique wine from the To Kalon vineyard.
Q: What was your inspiration for this offering?
A: Robert Mondavi
Q: Fill in the blanks: I chose to make this wine from this particular ______________ because ______________.
A: I chose to make this wine from this particular block because of its quality.
Q: Why should a wine lover have a bottle of this wine in their cellar?
A: Because it is a classic.
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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection