Carter Cellars Hossfeld Coliseum Red Blend 2015


Tasting Notes

Brilliant deep crimson colors are met by aromas of crushed dark cherries, briary fruits, and violets. The abundant natural acidity derived from the vineyard coupled with a concentrated extraction, frames an amazing midpalate that highlights ripe red fruits, cocoa and chocolate. The complex and layered finish is wrapped in ripe, lush tannins that showcase the best traits of a Merlot and Cabernet blend. Year after year this proves to be a very stunning wine.

"The 2015 Proprietary Red Hossfeld Coliseum, mostly Merlot with some Cabernet Sauvignon, looked phenomenally sexy and succulent with loads of coffee-infused, chocolaty, black cherry and plum-like fruit. It is a big, juicy, thick and viscous wine to drink in its first 12-15 years of life." - Barrel Sample

95 - 92 Points ~ Robert Parker

 

Map of the Coliseum Vineyard

The History of the Coliseum Vineyard

Twenty years ago people thought Henry Hossfeld was crazy because of the slope and the solid rock he was trying to grow vines on in the south-eastern Napa hills in an area known as Soda Canyon.  In fact, at planting, each vine hole was fractured into the terraces with a stick of dynamite. This dramatic site, steep and terraced like a Roman Coliseum has distinctive volcanic soils and as such, the resulting Cabernet fruit is also quite distinctive; structured graphite and herbal scented, compelling flavors. Today, we reap wines with massive fruit extraction, inky black color, and powerful tannins.

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