Carter Cellars Hossfeld Coliseum Red Blend 2009

Tasting Notes

The 2009 season provided the perfect conditions to produce this prodigious Napa Valley Bordeaux style Red Blend. The shallow volcanic soils of this mountainside vineyard coupled with a long growing season allowed us premium hang time to create this beauty. The wine is dark crimson with a tinge of ruby in the glass due to ample natural acidity and is followed by aromas of crushed dark cherries, briary dark fruits, violets and red tea. Unabashed in its delivery, all of the above notes are focused into the mid palate where the power and elegance of this wine really shine. Luscious red and dark fruits intermixed with sweet dark chocolate and distinct minerality interplay with supple tannin and concentration. The grandeur of this wine shows off with a mile long finish and some serious staying power. A short decant is recommended if you pop one open now and look for this wine to hit a peak in 6-10 years and drink well for up to 15.

"That rare wine with power, depth and finesse. Aromas of violet, currant and espresso lead to incredibly rich flavors of black cherry, bay leaf and mocha, with a finish wrapped in ripe, lush tannins. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2018. 195 cases made "

95 Points ~ Wine Spectator



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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Explore the varied Napa vineyards of Carter Cellar's handcrafted wines, from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard to the Truchard.



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