Carter Cellars Coliseum Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2007


Tasting Notes

Continuing a legacy which began with Carter Cellars inaugural release (a 1998 Coliseum Block Cab that, "picks you up and shakes you," - James Laube), our 2007 Coliseum Block Cabernet is another in an impressive line of well-behaved brutes. Big and massive with loads of purple fruits like plum, blackberry and blueberry. Dried herbs and spices linger in the nose leaving a long and silky finish that lasts to the next sip.

"The compelling 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Coliseum Block even eclipses the brilliant 2006. Opaque purple to the rim, with a gorgeous perfume of violets, licorice, blueberries, and blackberry liqueur, this backward, formidably endowed, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon possesses a multilayered texture, juicy, sweet fruit, loads of tannin, and well-integrated new oaks."95+ Points ~ Robert Parker

"As rich as Napa Cab gets. Made solidly in the modern style, it’s soft, elaborate and flamboyant, suggesting ultraripe blackberry pie, currant, mocha-choca and sweet oak flavors." 95 Points ~ Wine Enthusiast

 

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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