Carter Cellars Coliseum Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Tasting Notes

The 2012 vintage proved ideal for this naturally low yielding vineyard planted on fractured bedrock. Vibrant and concentrated, this robust Cabernet exudes confidence and character right out the gate. Dark and intense to the rim, concentrated aromas and flavors engage the senses with a spectrum of blue and red fruits, anise, acacia flowers, creosote and Belgium chocolate. The mid-palate and finish are classic examples of Hossfeld Vineyard grapes. Plush fruit is intertwined with a perfectly framed structure which sails off into a never ending finish. Hold for 3-4 years and expect a lifespan stretching 15-20 years.

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Coliseum Block is a dark, Gothic-like, supple-textured, rich, stunning wine boasting abundant notes of barbecue spice, forest floor, black and blue fruits and a hint of truffles. Full-bodied, dense and rich, it is another stellar effort from Mark Carter, whose terrific line-up of 2012s stands out even in this great vintage."

95 Points ~ 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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