Called “…some of the finest Cabernet Franc in the world…” and “thrilling…do not miss…” by Jeb Dunnuck who awarded this 99 points and continued “I’m probably underrating this by a point…” This is without a doubt the greatest Cabernet Franc we’ve ever produced. There is a stunning array of aromas typical of this variety, including wildflowers, violets, tobacco, crème de cassis, and dark berries. The tannins are fine, and smooth, despite this being a full-throttle, full-bodied and thrilling wine.
99 POINTS - Jeb Dunnuck
"While this site is known for its incredible Cabernet Sauvignon, today, it also produces some of the finest Cabernet Franc in the world. The 2018 Cabernet Franc Lithology Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard offers a crazy bouquet of wildflowers, violets, tobacco, crème de cassis, and assorted darker berry fruits. Full-bodied, ultra-fine, and perfectly balanced, with thrilling tannins, it’s another “do not miss” wine. The blend is 87% Cabernet Franc and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon that was fermented in a mix of tank and puncheons and aged 20 months in 75% new French oak. I’m probably underrating this by a point." - 1/27/2021
96 POINTS - Wine Advocate
"The 2018 Lithology Cabernet Franc To Kalon Vineyard erupts with notes of plum preserves, raspberry coulis and blackberry pie, plus hints of molten licorice, warm chocolate, menthol and incense. The full-bodied palate has impressive freshness and energy, delivering loads of black and red berry preserves layers and a spicy undercurrent, finishing long with a mineral lift." - 7/30/21
96 POINTS - Vinous
"The 2018 Cabernet Franc Lithology Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard marries the textural depth and resonance of this site with the savoriness of Franc, a combination that is hugely appealing. Dark fruit, leather, espresso, lavender, and dried herbs all build as this incredibly distinctive Cabernet shows off its pedigree. The 2018 is a total knock-out." - Jan 2021