The 2018 wine from the Fortuna Vineyard is a true expression of a great Napa Valley Cabernet from the Oakville floor - a racy wine combining a fruit forward profile, met with layers and dimensions. This super small production wine offers up a dark thick purple hue, matched with wonderful, sweet notes of beautiful ripe red cherry fruit and deep dark plum. On the palate, it has a full-bodied balanced finish paired with a tannic backbone. Year after year this is one of the best values in Napa Valley.
Carter Cellars first vintage was in 1998 sourcing grapes from the steeply terraced Coliseum Block of the Hossfeld Vineyard. In continuing to source wine from top Napa vineyards Mark and Nils made a svelte Fortuna Block Cabernet from the ancient red volcanic soils of the Fortuna Vineyard in 1999. In 2000 Carter Cellars began a long and deeply rewarding relationship with the most iconic vineyard in the western hemisphere: the Beckstoffer portion of the original To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. Thus began the rise of the famed and highly rated Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet, a wine that to this day continues to receive top scores from critics worldwide.