Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon - 'The Three Kings' 2011


Tasting Notes

Planted to the classic clone 7, this wine hails from the upper northwest corner of the ToKalon vineyard. Renown throughout the Valley for its good fruit strength, 2011 was a vintage where it could truly shine. Picked at optimum maturity, just hours before large Pacific Ocean storm, this wine embraces everything that can be achieved from the 2011 vintage. Dark purple to the rim, aromas of spiced blueberry pie, violets, polished river rock and clove spice emanate from the glass. Thoroughly concentrated from the first sip until the finish, the midpalate is where this wine shines. Densely packed red and blue fruits are framed by a nice degree of natural acidity that intermingles with substantive polished tannins. This is a wine where power and grace come together exuding incredible balance and showcasing a mile long finish. As this is the most fruit forward of the 2011 To Kalons, it will benefit from a nice decant early on, or age it up to 20 years to see the full potential.

 

"Bright medium ruby.  Sexy, bright perfume of cassis, violet and licorice.  Dense, sweet and concentrated, but with a distinctly primary, even youthfully brutal, quality to the dark fruit flavors.  Finishes with serious tongue-drying tannins and sound acidity."
- Barrel Sample
~ Stephen Tanzer

 

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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