This specific Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet comes from the back of the famed Oakville vineyard. It offers an amazingly deep ruby color tinged with an electric purple hue. Revealing superb balance and concentration, it is a successful expression of both the richness and power of Clone 7 from this world class vineyard. With its fruit forward profile, the wine opens immediately with floral aromatics mixed with dark currants, spices, and blue/black fruit. “The palate is heroic loaded with racy yet rounded firm tannins and waves of decadent fruit.” Like all Carter Cellars wines, this wine is approachable immediately, but with a few years in the cellar, it will continue to evolve and offer more layered nuance and depth.
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.