Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon 2010


Tasting Notes

From our original block of Beckstoffer To Kalon grapes, (Robert Parker recently gave our 2002 vintage a perfect score of 100 points in the 10 year Napa Retrospective), we swung for the fences in 2010 and were rewarded with an amazing rendition of this wine. Two shades darker than the other two offerings, this wine means business. The nose screams of dark blue and red fruit compote, cassis, bay leaf, baking spices and pain grille. The palate is awash with notes of ripe California Cabernet Sauvignon fruit that is all consuming with its mouth feel, overall balance and masculine frame. The overall density of this wine is realized in the finish which is lifted by perfect acidity coupled with polished and firm tannins with subtle barrel spice notes. Like all Carter Cellars wines, this is built for the long haul.

 

"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon The O.G. is insanely beautiful. Cool veins of minerality run through the wine, giving the 2010 a sense of energy that isn’t always present. Layers of dark fruit, mint, flowers and pencil shavings are all woven together in this magnificent, compelling wine. It is rare for such a big wine to also be restrained and impeccably balanced, but it’s all right here in the glass. The 2010 boasts striking inner perfume, phenomenal length and exceptional harmony."

96+ Points ~ Wine Advocate

"Good full ruby. Crushed black raspberry, violet and licorice on the vibrant nose.  A penetrating, fine-grained midweight that's less evolved than the Grand Daddy and hiding more than it's showing right now. Conveys a stronger impression of acidity today, with a peppery element and powerful tannins contributing to its very firm structure.  Finishes impressively long and subtle." - Barrel Sample

95 - 92 Points ~ 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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