Carter Cellars Hossfeld Coliseum Red Blend 2014

Tasting Notes

Brilliant deep crimson colors are met by aromas of crushed dark cherries, briary fruits, and violets. The abundant natural acidity derived from th evineyard coupled with a concentrated extraction, frames an amazing midpalate that highlights ripe red fruits, cocoa and cinnamon. The complex and layered finish is wrapped in ripe, lush tannins that showcase the best traits of a Merlot and Cabernet blend. Year after year this proves to be a very stunning wine.

"The 2014 Proprietary Red Blend Hossfeld Coliseum (80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon in 2014) is the least expensive wine in the lineup. It is pure, seductive and sexy, with red and black fruits, soft tannins, lush fruit, medium to full body, and great purity and ripeness. This is a beauty, really intense and lovely. It should drink well for 8-10 years." - Barrel Sample

~ Robert Parker


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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