About Tor Wines
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 had perfected his art, 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 winemaking 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 unrefined.
PALISADES VINEYARD PETITE SIRAH 2016
Enormously concentrated, sumptuous and structured, with an array of brooding dark fruits, freshly turned black earth, liquorice, black pepper and rose hip. As massive as this wine is, its tannins are remarkable refined. 150 cases made.
MELANSON VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
Profound nose of black fruits, walnuts, violets, liquorice and exotic spices, great minerality, with huge mountain density and structure. The medium to full-bodied palate offers a myriad of floral and earth sparks amidst a black fruit core and with seamless, firm, very fine-grained tannins. 295 cases made.
TIERRA ROJA VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
Elegant, silken and perfumed Cabernet, a selection of the most profound barrels from Tierra Roja Vineyard, neighbouring Screaming Eagle. 370 cases made.
VINE HILL RANCH CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
Blackberry, boysenberry and black cherry layered with dark chocolate, briar, exotic spices and potpourri. The Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet has the power and richness of the best Napa Cabernet with more of a classical First Growth structure. 200 cases made.
PROPRIETARY RED 2017
A wine of remarkable structure, sumptuous depth and great energy, with an array of black and blue fruits layered with sesame, espresso, orange peel and oolong tea. 175 cases made.