Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon 2012


Tasting Notes

2012 was very kind to the ‘O.G.’ block of Beckstoffer To Kalon. Deep ruby/purple hues boast amazing levels of dark currants, violets and barrel spice. Perfectly framed tannins integrate with a plush, persistent and bold mid-palate making this a prodigious and complex wine which expertly showcases Napa Valley terroir. The mélange of fruit is intoxicating, nuanced and mesmerizing. As with prior vintages of this wine, the structure and power of the To Kalon Vineyard needs a extended decant or several years of bottle age to spread its wings. This wine should hit it's prime in 3 to 4 years which should then last for at least the next 10 to 20 years.

 

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Map of the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

The History of the To Kalon Vineyard

The Beckstoffer portion of the historic original To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville AVA was purchased from Beaulieu Vineyard in 1993. Beaulieu had purchased the property from the Crabb estate in 1940 and called it their Beaulieu Vineyard No. 4. Napa Pioneer Hamilton Crabb first planted the vineyard in 1868 and it has produced some of the Napa Valley's best red grapes ever since. Replanted after phylloxera by Beckstoffer from 1994 to 1997 to multiple clones of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with modern trellising and closer vine spacing, the vineyard produces several luxury award winning vineyard designated wines. These vineyard designated Cabernet Sauvignon wines include Schrader Cellars, Paul Hobbs, Provenance, Realm and of course, Carter Cellars.

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Explore the varied Napa vineyards of Carter Cellar's handcrafted wines, from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard to the Truchard.

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