From the very front of the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, this block produced exceptional wines in 2020 as a result of great farming and cluster thinning matched with talented winemaking. These Clone 4 vines offer Carter’s most upfront and instantly appealing wine from this vineyard. “Blackcurrant fruits, dark coffee, and earthy minerality intertwine to create a lavish multi-layered wine resulting in an enormous mid-palate buttressed perfectly by the wine's natural acidity and impactful tannins. Offering a unique amount of ripeness and texture, this is an elegant wine wrapped up in a cloak of raw but refined power.”
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 wine critics.