Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon 2008


Tasting Notes

The 2008 vintage produced another stunning rendition from the famed Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyard. Rich scents of plums and other dark fruits, hints of cocoa dark chocolate and dried herbs leap from the glass. Stunningly pure and ripe fruit proceeds to glide effortlessly on the palate and expand into a plush mouthful of blueberries, spice and leather. As expected these notes are carried through the mid palate and surrounded by a glycerol mouth feel that has to be tasted to be believed. As in past renditions of this wine for us, the concentration level reaches amazing heights and is framed perfectly with tannins that will allow this wine to age gracefully for 10 years and beyond.

 

"From a blueblood, first-growth vineyard, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon reveals an unmistakable “Paulliac in Napa” style. Blueberry, black currant, cedarwood, Christmas fruitcake, spice and licorice characteristics are present in this thick, juicy, concentrated Cabernet. It is another outstanding effort exhibiting elegance, power and richness. Enjoy it over the next 15 years"

92+ Points ~ Robert Parker

 

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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