Carter Cellars Hossfeld Coliseum Red Blend 2013

Tasting Notes

Brilliant deep crimson colors are met by aromas of crushed dark cherries, briary fruits, and violets. The abundant natural acidity derived from th evineyard coupled with a concentrated extraction, frames an amazing midpalate that highlights ripe red fruits, cocoa and cinnamon. 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.

"Saturated ruby.  High-pitched aromas of blueberry, kirsch, brown spices and bitter chocolate lifted by violet and an exotic orange peel nuance.  At once dense and fresh, with lively, harmonious acidity intensifying and enlivening the mountain berry and spice flavors.  Finishes very long and brisk, with the orange zest note repeating.  Impressive merlot-based wine from rocky soil. " - Barrel Sample

~ Stephen Tanzer



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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