Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Tasting Notes

Dark purple in the glass with a thick, nearly black center, this wine has a complex nose of black cherry, nutty, and floral aromas that shift and change over the course of several hours, eventually settling towards an earthy, dark ripe fruit combination that is very enjoyable. In the mouth it is thick and rich with velvet-feeling tannins enclosing a core of dark ripe plum and black cherry flavors that linger in a very long and satisfying finish.

"The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard H & C is another authoritative wine from this extraordinary vineyard that is undeniably of first-growth potential. One of the youngest, richest, most promising wines of the vintage, this stunning effort boasts an inky/blue/purple color as well as classic notes of blueberries, cassis, acacia flowers and licorice intermixed with a subtle hint of graphite. Spectacular in the mouth with fabulous full-bodied richness as well as a finish that seems almost endless, this is a candidate for the wine of the vintage. Extremely youthful and backward, this is a tour de force!"

98+ Points ~ Robert Parker


Map of the 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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