Alpha Omega

The To Kalon Lady
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2022 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 26 | Lot No. 2
Vintage

2020

Alpha Omega

The To Kalon Lady

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Your wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the famed Beckstoffer To Kalon and Sleeping Lady vineyards
  • Aging in French oak barrels for 20 months, bottled unfined and unfiltered
  • 100% barrel fermented, showcasing the rich, textured style of Alpha Omega
  • Winemakers Matt Brain and Andy Erickson chose barrels to highlight the best that 2020 had to offer

For the first time ever, we offer a never-before-blend of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville’s famed Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard and Sleeping Lady Vineyard, Yountville’s premier site. Called The To Kalon Lady, this unique wine displays the power and depth of the historic To Kalon Vineyard and the preciseness and opulence of the Sleeping Lady Vineyard, known for its innovative farming techniques. Our winemaker, Matt Brain, and consulting winemaker Andy Erickson tasted through each 2020 barrel in the cellar and selected two barrels that displayed the most purity and intensity of the vintage. Your lot is 100% barrel fermented, unfined and unfiltered and aging 20 months in 100% French oak.


Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is produced in a Napa Green winery

Matt Brain

Winemaker, Alpha Omega

Winemaker, Matt Brain

Winemaker Matt Brain, possessing a master’s degree in biosciences and a background in process engineering, brings naturalist philosophies and highly technical abilities to winemaking at Alpha Omega where he began as Associate Winemaker. After leaving a successful career in the Toronto area to pursue his dream of winemaking in California, the Ontario, Canada native joined Phase 2 Cellars, a custom winemaking operation in San Luis Obispo, for the 2006 harvest. Matt was quickly promoted to supervise cellar operations for the facility’s premium label, Tolosa, while receiving mentorship from some of the most renowned and respected professionals in California.

Matt earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in biosciences at Sam Houston State University, where he was a scholarship decathlete. He also earned a winemaking degree from UC Davis and held winemaker titles at prominent California wineries and winemaker/lecturer positions with Enology and Viticulture programs at both Cal Poly and Fresno State universities. He partnered with The Vineyard Team, which promotes sustainable winegrowing, as a Sustainability Auditor and continues to educate as a Podcast Host for the organization. Matt’s passion for the environment benefits Alpha Omega, where the land and winery are both Napa Green certified and the Vineyard Management team practices sustainable farming.

Country born: Canada

Education: UC Davis Professional Winemaking Degree/Taught winemaking at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and Fresno State

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
As a winemaker who believes that every vineyard block has a specific set of unique characteristics, Matt aims to identify those distinctive attributes and to express them in the glass as naturally as possible.

Andy Erickson

Winemaker, Alpha Omega

Winemaker, Andy Erickson

I have lived and worked in the Napa Valley since 1994. Since then I have worked hard to produce wines that truly represent the great terroir from which they come. My efforts have led me from early assignments at Spottswoode, Harlan Estate and Staglin Family Vineyard, to Screaming Eagle, Ovid, Dalla Valle and Mayacamas, among others.

I met Annie shortly after arriving in Napa Valley, and we connected immediately through a shared passion for where we lived, what we did and what we could do. We love growing things, creating, building, cooking, fermenting, preserving, and of course the results of all that activity.

Growing grapes and making wine has become the center of our daily work lives, bringing us to many incredible places and helping us forge great and meaningful friendships.

With our wine business, what started literally as a garage project has since bloomed into something sustainable, attracting a small but formidable team that has further strengthened our ability to grow and improve. Though our development continues, I'm happy it still feels like a family business, just with a growing family.

Country born: United States

Education: Tufts University, UC Davis

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
As a winemaker, my goal is to highlight the character of each of the unique vineyard sites with which I work, whether at my clients’ estate vineyards, or the vineyards that produce our own Favia wines.

Experiences gained from a summer in France during university, and many subsequent trips to winegrowing regions in Europe, have fueled my enthusiasm for the concept of "terroir" as well as for wines made from special places.

While I am fortunate enough to travel and work with wineries in other parts of the world, I feel incredibly lucky to call Napa Valley my home, and am constantly marveled by the diversity of soils and microclimates in this small but diverse valley.

Q&A With the Winemaker

Q: What was your inspiration for this offering?

A: Lot Features: This wine is 100% estate grown and bottled. This wine is sustainably produced. This wine is unfiltered. Napa Green Winery.

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