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#1 Post by Peter Panzica » February 14th, 2019, 2:40 pm

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Grabbed 6. Looks like they have 140 left at this moment.
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#2 Post by Anthony V » February 14th, 2019, 2:48 pm

Damn, I just got one on sale at KL Wines for $99. At least no shipping charge though since I can pick it up.
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#3 Post by ykwon » February 14th, 2019, 3:06 pm

Smoking hot deal. Cant find it on the website though.
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#4 Post by NickRut » February 14th, 2019, 3:44 pm

Somehow sold out already. That was unreal. Watched it go from 130 in stock to 0 in the 5 minutes it took me to find my credit card.
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#5 Post by Jonathan Sirot » February 14th, 2019, 3:52 pm

That was weird. I couldn't find it on the website. Then I looked it up and found it on ws pro. I linked to the site and bought 3 btls. Within a few seconds it went form 19 to 14 and after I bought checked a minute later and it was sold out. Glad I snagged a few. Thanks for the heads up. I bet half the btls were sold to this board and also that a few folks bought a case or more.

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#6 Post by Jim F » February 14th, 2019, 6:48 pm

Wow, great deal! Missed it.
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#7 Post by brigcampbell » February 14th, 2019, 7:42 pm

You'll be able to purchase that fruit in the future but under the Schrader label and tariff.

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#8 Post by Tom Reddick » February 14th, 2019, 8:46 pm

I got 2 more cases locally when a retailer discounted the wine down to around $110. 2015 Mondavi To Kalon Reserve is freaking amazing- a spectacular mid-weight beauty with a long life ahead over which I suspect it may always be very approachable. I asked when buying the wines why the discount and the response I got was that California Cabernet is in a real rough patch right now retail-wise.

For many top wines, though not this one I would think, pricing is the key issue since the numbers have gotten really aggressive- especially relative to so many highly touted 15 and 16 Bordeaux. Evidently worry about 2017 creeps into it as well- less eagerness to "keep a place in line" in case the wines of this future vintage end up widely problematic (I have heard no evidence to suggest that will be the case- just reporting the fear driving the market.)

In any event, 2015 Mondavi To Kalon Reserve is a back up the truck kind of wine in my book- and at these discounts, it is all the easier to say yes.

(Note- my ITB tag which I added recently is in relation to my appraisal activities since I am more actively marketing them now and consider it more than a casual sideline. I have no financial interest in promoting Mondavi wines.)
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#9 Post by mattcitrang » February 15th, 2019, 6:02 am

Thanks Peter this was a great buy.

It did go quickly.

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#10 Post by Rajesh P a r i k h » February 15th, 2019, 6:38 am

Wow great deal. Sad I missed it.

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#11 Post by Anthony V » February 15th, 2019, 9:40 am

It’s still available at KL for $99 which is not a bad deal.
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#12 Post by KyleC » February 15th, 2019, 4:10 pm

brigcampbell wrote:
February 14th, 2019, 7:42 pm
You'll be able to purchase that fruit in the future but under the Schrader label and tariff.
I'm not super familiar with Mondavi's To Kalon holdings...I assumed they owned all their land, but based on your comment some of it is under long term lease that's expiring?
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#13 Post by brigcampbell » February 15th, 2019, 4:56 pm

Constellation owns Mondavi and a big chunk of To Kalon that goes into the Mondavi version.

Constellation bought Schrader and picked up another chunk of To Kalon.

Take the Mondavi fruit and bottle it as Schrader and make way more money.
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February 15th, 2019, 4:10 pm
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February 14th, 2019, 7:42 pm
You'll be able to purchase that fruit in the future but under the Schrader label and tariff.
I'm not super familiar with Mondavi's To Kalon holdings...I assumed they owned all their land, but based on your comment some of it is under long term lease that's expiring?

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#14 Post by Anton D » February 15th, 2019, 5:03 pm

I missed it, but thank you, Peter, for the PSA!
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#15 Post by johngonzales » February 15th, 2019, 6:57 pm

brigcampbell wrote:
February 15th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Constellation owns Mondavi and a big chunk of To Kalon that goes into the Mondavi version.

Constellation bought Schrader and picked up another chunk of To Kalon.

Take the Mondavi fruit and bottle it as Schrader and make way more money.
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February 15th, 2019, 4:10 pm
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February 14th, 2019, 7:42 pm
You'll be able to purchase that fruit in the future but under the Schrader label and tariff.
I'm not super familiar with Mondavi's To Kalon holdings...I assumed they owned all their land, but based on your comment some of it is under long term lease that's expiring?
That’s not necessarily the plan. It would make for some added profitability, and some shift is likely, but I bet Mondavi maintains a good chunk of the fruit. Btw, the 2015 wine is really good and that’s a screaming deal, undoubtedly one that Mondavi would rather have not happened.

(my wife sells Mondavi)

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#16 Post by adam landa » February 15th, 2019, 9:18 pm

My order of four bottles was canceled due to not shipping to my state...I replied tonight and offered an alternate state. Will see where it goes, but BS if you ask me to blanket cancel an order without first contacting the customer.

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#17 Post by Tom Chen » February 15th, 2019, 10:04 pm

It really is surprising, at least to me, how many and how deep the discounts are for this wine (great vintage, great vineyard, and a well respected although not “cult” name). $175 direct from the winery, but $100 at KL Insider (with still lots available), $90 at Belmont Wine a few weeks back, and now $78. Tempted to pick up some more at KL, as guessing the wine will not get cheaper and likely a good bit higher in the future.

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#18 Post by Philip G » February 16th, 2019, 5:51 am

brigcampbell wrote:
February 15th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Constellation owns Mondavi and a big chunk of To Kalon that goes into the Mondavi version.

Constellation bought Schrader and picked up another chunk of To Kalon.

Take the Mondavi fruit and bottle it as Schrader and make way more money.
I don't believe that is quite correct. Schrader doesn't own it's vineyards and the Schrader To Kalon grapes have been purchased from Beckstoffer's To Kalon Vineyards. According to Schrader's website:

Will the wine still be BeckstofferToKalon fruit? (Vs Original ToKalon?)

Our plans are to continue to make wine from the BeckstofferToKalon Vineyard. With the purchase of Schrader Cellars we strive to continue the path of excellence that was set in motion by Fred and Carol. BeckstofferToKalon has been an essential part of the Schrader portfolio of Cabernets and will continue to be for the next several vintages. What excites us about the Schrader portfolio is the potential that the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is showing. The past vintage received 100 points from James Suckling and the potential of the 2015 and 2016 vintages in barrel are very exciting as well!


Sounds like Constellation got whatever Beckstoffer TK was already in barrel and any of Schrader's long-term contracts with vineyards. Wines made with Beckstoffer grapes have to include "Beckstoffer" on the label. So depends on the terms of the contract with Beckstoffer whether those wines can include non-Beckstoffer grapes as well. My guess is no since he has been very careful about building his brand.
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#19 Post by johngonzales » February 16th, 2019, 3:11 pm

Philip G wrote:
February 16th, 2019, 5:51 am
brigcampbell wrote:
February 15th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Constellation owns Mondavi and a big chunk of To Kalon that goes into the Mondavi version.

Constellation bought Schrader and picked up another chunk of To Kalon.

Take the Mondavi fruit and bottle it as Schrader and make way more money.
I don't believe that is quite correct. Schrader doesn't own it's vineyards and the Schrader To Kalon grapes have been purchased from Beckstoffer's To Kalon Vineyards. According to Schrader's website:

Will the wine still be BeckstofferToKalon fruit? (Vs Original ToKalon?)

Our plans are to continue to make wine from the BeckstofferToKalon Vineyard. With the purchase of Schrader Cellars we strive to continue the path of excellence that was set in motion by Fred and Carol. BeckstofferToKalon has been an essential part of the Schrader portfolio of Cabernets and will continue to be for the next several vintages. What excites us about the Schrader portfolio is the potential that the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is showing. The past vintage received 100 points from James Suckling and the potential of the 2015 and 2016 vintages in barrel are very exciting as well!


Sounds like Constellation got whatever Beckstoffer TK was already in barrel and any of Schrader's long-term contracts with vineyards. Wines made with Beckstoffer grapes have to include "Beckstoffer" on the label. So depends on the terms of the contract with Beckstoffer whether those wines can include non-Beckstoffer grapes as well. My guess is no since he has been very careful about building his brand.
I think it’s a combination of approaches. The initial plan has already changed. It wasn’t planned to largely increase the volume of Schrader. Constellation/Mondavi owns something like 500 acres of To Kalon, while Beckstoffer has under 100. Some of Constellation’s is Fumé. I think Opus, Detert, and MacDonald all have around 20 acres each. Schrader doesn’t use all of Beck’s portion by any stretch, so using all that Constellation fruit in Schrader would be a vast volume increase.

What they planned was to reintroduce the historically name of something like To Kalon Wine Company. They have maintained that the own the TK trademark and could include other sources, but that is still a bone of contention. I think maybe Beckstoffer threaten more legal fight so Constellation apparently has changed plans. But they did hire Andy Erickson to helm the new project and something different will move forward. Mondavi just hasn’t done well with its own TK label separate from the reserve. The reserve has benefitted from consolidating, Bi they can and should produce more wine at a higher price point. TK aside, Constellation seems to see potential gains in its higher -end wines as opposed to its lower end wines. It just probably won’t be by simply increasing Schrader production. Though I do think that since the bought Schrader, they have used some of their own fruit in it. Not sure if that’s true or whether Beckstoffer had a say. I think for sure the Beckstoffer contracts continued after the purchase. Since he gets a price-based return one would think that as Schrader yields him about a max, he wouldn’t be eager to look for someone else to sell to. Though he and Constellation probably aren’t Warm and fuzzy.

With all of the TK acreage that they have, and the prices for Schrader and MacDonald, they surely ought to be able to create another wine that can sell at the $200 price point.

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#20 Post by Tom Reddick » February 16th, 2019, 8:00 pm

johngonzales wrote:
February 16th, 2019, 3:11 pm
With all of the TK acreage that they have, and the prices for Schrader and MacDonald, they surely ought to be able to create another wine that can sell at the $200 price point.
FWIW, Mondavi does also make a To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (no Reserve designation) that is made 100% from To Kalon fruit and comes in an etched bottle. $300 each and only available at the winery (the wine is on the website as well, but you have to call or email to order.) There is also a Fume Blanc from old vines for $90.

I have not tried this special To Kalon Cab yet, but as great as the wine is that is the subject of this thread I am very tempted to give it a go.
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#21 Post by KyleC » February 16th, 2019, 9:25 pm

Tom Reddick wrote:
February 16th, 2019, 8:00 pm
johngonzales wrote:
February 16th, 2019, 3:11 pm
With all of the TK acreage that they have, and the prices for Schrader and MacDonald, they surely ought to be able to create another wine that can sell at the $200 price point.
FWIW, Mondavi does also make a To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (no Reserve designation) that is made 100% from To Kalon fruit and comes in an etched bottle. $300 each and only available at the winery (the wine is on the website as well, but you have to call or email to order.) There is also a Fume Blanc from old vines for $90.

I have not tried this special To Kalon Cab yet, but as great as the wine is that is the subject of this thread I am very tempted to give it a go.
Have you had the I Block Fume? I've always been intrigued, but haven't had the chance to try it yet.
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#22 Post by Tom Reddick » February 16th, 2019, 9:50 pm

Have not tried that one either. Honestly, I rarely drink CA Cabs, but liked the 2015 vintage so much that when a friend ITB offered me an advance bottle to taste, I gave it a shot and was quite frankly blown away. And so I have been looking at Mondavi again more seriously.

Since my original post on this thread, I have been thinking much on why this wine would be the subject of such discounting when it has not been jacked up in price to the levels of other Cabs that have also become very tepid at retail all of a sudden- like Dominus or Paul Hobbs for example.

I wonder if maybe it is the name. As with Jadot and some of the big negociants in Burgundy, for a long time the market was very accepting and understanding of a single brand name covering a wide range of retail values and rarity factors. But with such a focus on the micro-winery in CA now and the rarity factor as a primary sales pitch, I am wondering if maybe the Mondavi name on the higher end wines is a liability for some buyers in a way that did not exist in the past. Nothing wrong with the wine- just a new audience to appease.
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#23 Post by JDavisRoby » February 16th, 2019, 10:28 pm

Tom, are you saying the Hobbs To Kalon is tepid? Or, Hobbs in general?

I’ll admit to being undecided what or if any of my current Hobbs allocation I’m taking.
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#24 Post by johngonzales » February 16th, 2019, 10:42 pm

Tom Reddick wrote:
February 16th, 2019, 8:00 pm
johngonzales wrote:
February 16th, 2019, 3:11 pm
With all of the TK acreage that they have, and the prices for Schrader and MacDonald, they surely ought to be able to create another wine that can sell at the $200 price point.
FWIW, Mondavi does also make a To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (no Reserve designation) that is made 100% from To Kalon fruit and comes in an etched bottle. $300 each and only available at the winery (the wine is on the website as well, but you have to call or email to order.) There is also a Fume Blanc from old vines for $90.

I have not tried this special To Kalon Cab yet, but as great as the wine is that is the subject of this thread I am very tempted to give it a go.
So there you have it. It’s kind of no wonder they need a rebranding. I had some previous separate (to Rsv) To Kalon cabs. The mid 90s wines were excellent and the 97 great. I think I have one or two more somewhere. I thought the stopped making it as they’ve had 100% To Kalon Reserve Cab from 2011 on. Honestly, I doubt that it’s
worth double the Reserve.

I’ve also had a bunch of the Reserve Fume and the To Kalon I-Block. I realize that th I -Block Fume is really high in price, but it really is a classic wine. To me it’s one of the few best non-chard whites made in the U.S and the best Sauvignon/Fume. The block is over 70years old, and the wine will age. It has a nice curve in being really good at release, improving for 3-5years after release, then entering a different but still delicious phase out to 15years. The Reserve Fume is good, and mostly To Kalon, but not near as excellent as the I-Block.

Tom, Mondavi definitely suffers a little with its top wines due to association with the lower end wines and their overall size. Especially with the wine buyers at restaurants looking for niche wines, and collectors looking for rarity. I drink a lot of Reserve Cab over every vintage and it really seems under appreciated within the world of Napa Cab.

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#25 Post by Tom Reddick » February 16th, 2019, 11:09 pm

JDavisRoby wrote:
February 16th, 2019, 10:28 pm
Tom, are you saying the Hobbs To Kalon is tepid? Or, Hobbs in general?

I’ll admit to being undecided what or if any of my current Hobbs allocation I’m taking.
Purely anecdotal comment on my part based on the large stocks I am seeing here in Dallas at retail for Hobbs (across the board) and a number of other higher end CA Cabs which should, in theory, be disappearing from store shelves very quickly. So please do not make any major decisions based on that- it comes from a very limited observation.

I have been too busy to do any deep market analyses of late, but CA Cab seems a good candidate for such an analysis in the near future. Anecdotally, I remember chasing all over Texas to get my hands on 6 bottle lots of 2013 Dominus and Spottswoode. 2014, prices go up and the wines are just sitting there. And I have noticed more than one instance (small stores and a large national retailer) where CA Cab specialists have 2012-2013 on the shelf and a lot fewer 2014s and 2015s than I would have expected.

Just last week I, with great reluctance, dropped off the Corison list because I was told I was only going to be allocated 2 of the 2015 Kronos this year due to limited supply, but I still had to make other purchases to reach the dollar amount of what my usual 4 would have been- my choices being either more Sunbasket, which I love but already had enough of in hand, or older vintages of Kronos at quite a markup from original price. I was on the Corison list to have worry free access to a set allocation of the wines, plus Sunbasket which is not generally sold at retail that I can see, and certainly not for the prices since at retail the regular Cab is readily available for below the winery price, and sometimes Kronos as well. And considering the library they maintain, I am quite confident a good bit of the wine is going in there and will be available to me for a higher price down the road. No thanks. Even the good guys are really starting to push the envelope, so to speak.

Plus I have noted on this forum an increasing number of people claiming they will drop allocations or are considering doing so.

One more anecdotal note- just today actually from a friend who is a collector and also ITB- that he has been noticing lately that a lot of his higher end Cabs purchased 5-15 years ago are available at auction for prices similar to or less than what he paid at release. Again- anecdotal, but from someone who knows the markets well.

This last point is critical because a good number of customers for rarer or higher end wines buy them feeling secure in the knowledge that, after the impulse to buy wears off, they can resell them and break even or make a profit if for some reason they decide they do not like the wine or need the cash etc. etc. When that market flip goes away, a lot of the appeal of any wine evaporates. Notice that even though Screaming Eagle is still the most expensive wine out there no one is dropping because the secondary market is still even higher. When you take that safety net away, the price being asked becomes a lot more important than it used to be.
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#26 Post by Jim F » February 17th, 2019, 6:39 am

Hope I am not just butting in with tangential stuff, but I have to say the use of “to kalon” by Mondavi and Constellation is confusing and not too transparent. It is a trademark, so, I guess they can do whatever. I do not know if the reserve is always from 100% to kalon; maybe it is. It can be a superb wine though, but I have not tried the 2015. The special to kalon bottling I thought was from a select parcel(s) e.g., Monastery block and some of what they get from Macdonald. And the examples I have tasted....they used to pour it in one of the tasting rooms at Mondavi....it is a step up. Also, it is a big vineyard, giving fruit to other bottlings. In 2013, the local sales rep told me at a tasting that in that vintage, both the Oakville and regular Napa bottlings were 100% to kalon fruit. Now, I cannot validate that, but it does underline that quality across that vineyard varies, maybe a lot.
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#27 Post by Dennis Borczon » February 17th, 2019, 6:53 am

Tom Reddick wrote:
February 14th, 2019, 8:46 pm
I got 2 more cases locally when a retailer discounted the wine down to around $110. 2015 Mondavi To Kalon Reserve is freaking amazing- a spectacular mid-weight beauty with a long life ahead over which I suspect it may always be very approachable. I asked when buying the wines why the discount and the response I got was that California Cabernet is in a real rough patch right now retail-wise.

For many top wines, though not this one I would think, pricing is the key issue since the numbers have gotten really aggressive- especially relative to so many highly touted 15 and 16 Bordeaux. Evidently worry about 2017 creeps into it as well- less eagerness to "keep a place in line" in case the wines of this future vintage end up widely problematic (I have heard no evidence to suggest that will be the case- just reporting the fear driving the market.)

In any event, 2015 Mondavi To Kalon Reserve is a back up the truck kind of wine in my book- and at these discounts, it is all the easier to say yes.

(Note- my ITB tag which I added recently is in relation to my appraisal activities since I am more actively marketing them now and consider it more than a casual sideline. I have no financial interest in promoting Mondavi wines.)

Bingo. There is clearly a saturation point for many similar, high octane, high price CA cabs that is just a nudge away from a glut. Without the promise of Parker waving his magic wand over the next new vintage, it is certainly possible that the market will back away from many $250-$350 bottles of cabernet with very little difference in flavor profiles. When the next recession hits, or silicon valley starts to wobble, it may get to be difficult for many investors get their money out of vanity projects in the valley. Will Napa continue to draw big crowds when $100 tasting "experiences" are getting to be the norm?

I speak as part of the generation of boomers who avidly collected and drank these wines as they ascended in the world spotlight, and had the disposable income to back it up. Where are the new buyers going to come from? It will be interesting to see if the Mondavi discount pattern starts to get replicated by others. Some of the older producers who never chased the high extraction, high points model in the long run might be the winners. Went to a tasting of multiple vintages of Frog's Leap Cabernet, most from magnum, going back to the early 90's during the past summer. I remember the presenter remarking that sales were starting pick up for them. They have largely stayed true to a more conservative, lower extraction/ lower alcohol/ lower cost model and these wines have not only survived, but aged beautifully over time.

FWIW Frog's Leap 2016 is largely available for about 50 bucks retail. Sometime I wonder why I should be looking for anything more?

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#28 Post by johngonzales » February 17th, 2019, 10:10 am

Jim F wrote:
February 17th, 2019, 6:39 am
Hope I am not just butting in with tangential stuff, but I have to say the use of “to kalon” by Mondavi and Constellation is confusing and not too transparent. It is a trademark, so, I guess they can do whatever. I do not know if the reserve is always from 100% to kalon; maybe it is. It can be a superb wine though, but I have not tried the 2015. The special to kalon bottling I thought was from a select parcel(s) e.g., Monastery block and some of what they get from Macdonald. And the examples I have tasted....they used to pour it in one of the tasting rooms at Mondavi....it is a step up. Also, it is a big vineyard, giving fruit to other bottlings. In 2013, the local sales rep told me at a tasting that in that vintage, both the Oakville and regular Napa bottlings were 100% to kalon fruit. Now, I cannot validate that, but it does underline that quality across that vineyard varies, maybe a lot.
Yes, with a vineyard that size, quality is going to vary. Plus even within a consistent block they can elect to farm differently, modifying yield, picking, etc. that can change the peak quality. The soil is definitely different. The gravelly stuff is back off the main road. Supposedly some of the Beckstoffer acreage has lesser soil, but still turns out fantastic fruit. The part owned by UC Davis is supposedly the worst section.

Also yes, there were 2-3 vintages ending in 2013 when the Oakville Cab was all ToKalon, as was the Reserve Fume. The 13 versions of those wines are really good. But that is in large part due to the vintage, which was great. Otherwise I honestly don’t think that the wine clearly is better due to vineyard source. I think the Oakville is consistently good. The 2010 is as good as the 13 . The 13 also was a little different than some others as it had more Cab Franc and other stuff blended nicely, making it only around 80% Cab .

Mondavi owns a trademark, which they were granted before the recent legal battle. They claim that it is on a branding not specifically a vineyard designation. I believe the crux of the suit was that Beckstoffer wanted the trademark as a brand invalidated and wanted the name to be applicable to only the vineyard and in fact excluding some of the added blocks which most consider To Kalon today. Primarily he wanted to be able use the To Kalon name, which I don’t think he (or his clients) did to the point of the fight. I know that he got the right to have his fruit from his holding there called To Kalon.

I don’t really know what has happened to Mondavi/Constellation’s claimed right to use To Kalon as a brand-name. So far it really DOESN’T seem confusing as everything called ToKalon IS Fromm that Vineyard. Their new, recently put-on-hold venture might have intended to make the shift to To Kalon as a brand, with fruit from elsewhere, but that was put on hold for a reason.

Btw, not that it matters but the older I-Block Fume had one of the most attractive bottles ever to me. Frosted glass with a raised RM logo in the glass, and the artistic grape vine dominating the front label.

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Re: PSA Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015-$78

#29 Post by Tony.Chan » February 18th, 2019, 6:05 pm

I saw the 2011 and 2013 vintage available for $99. How’s the price?

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Re: PSA Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015-$78

#30 Post by Dennis Borczon » February 19th, 2019, 5:04 am

2011 should sell for less, but the quantity was decreased in this vintage. Considered an off vintage for Napa, although if you like more structure and less fruit it should be great about now. Supposedly 100% ToKalon fruit for this version. If you like your wines with a more European restraint (relative to Napa i suppose) this is s pretty decent buy I would think at $99.

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Re: PSA Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015-$78

#31 Post by Jim F » February 23rd, 2019, 4:40 am

Interesting tidbit. Just for kicks, I was looking through the Premier Napa Valley lots over my morning coffee, and the Schrader lot is to kalon fruit from Monastery block, a Mondavi holding rather than Beckstoffer. The Mondavi lot is to kalon from “their favoite” blocks, rather than Monastery per se as has been often the case in the past.
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Re: PSA Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015-$78

#32 Post by Frank Z » March 7th, 2019, 4:03 pm

And it's back. But at $89 this time. Regardless, cheapest on Winesearcher. Gonna grab myself a few bottles. 26 bottles remaining.
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Re: PSA Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015-$78

#33 Post by NickRut » March 7th, 2019, 4:45 pm

And gone that fast. Damnit.
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Re: PSA Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015-$78

#34 Post by Gabe Berk » March 12th, 2019, 7:56 am

Opus uses the primo blocks of To Kalon and sells for $350. At $99, the 2015 Reserve Cab To Kalon is well worth it. Declassified Opus One...

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