Founder Tor Kenward spent four decades distilling what makes a wine extraordinary.
From the advice of knowledgeable mentors in Robert Mondavi, André Tchelistcheff and Warren Winiarski, to name but a few, travelling to Europe’s most renowned vineyards and talking and tasting with other winemakers, Tor refined his craft.
Finally, once he when he had honed his craft, he founded TOR Wines. The plan was simple; the wines would come from only the best blocks in the best vineyard sites that he knew and revered.
TOR Wines focus on single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay wines and Bordeaux varietals. Each wine is handmade and bottled in very small quantities.
Their secret? To stay out of the way, not to manipulate—to preserve a place in time and capture it in a bottle.
The TOR wine making team has been together since the beginning. Jeff Ames is the head winemaker and the team adhere to the same, simple rule— ‘the vineyard is what we showcase, not a heavy winemaker’s hand’.
Each wine is nurtured from vine to bottle, unfiltered and unfined.
CHARDONNAY (CARNEROS) 2018
This wine is from three historic Chardonnay vineyards, the sum of this winemaker’s selection is greater than its parts. Steve Beresini’s thirty-year-old, dry-farmed heritage vines gives depth and texture, Hyde Vineyard’s wind-cooled topography gives minerality and precision, Durell vineyard contributes richness and opulence. 470 cases made.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON (MELANSON VINEYARD) 2017
Bold, rich, powerful Cabernet with a dense mineral core, from a steep, rocky vineyard neighboring Colgin on Pritchard Hill. 295 cases made.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON (TIERRA ROJA VINEYARD) 2017
Elegant, silken and perfumed Cabernet, a selection of the most profound barrels from Tierra Roja, neighboring Screaming Eagle. 250 cases made.