Carter Cellars Hossfeld Coliseum Red Blend 2010

Tasting Notes

A cooler yet still elegant growing season in 2010 favored certain Hossfeld vineyards blocks which were planted on bedrock gravel and tufa series soil. These naturally stressed conditions thrive in years like this. Deep crimson colors with a burgundy like brilliance carry over to notes of sweet cherry pie, loganberry, lavender and sea shell components. Abundant natural acidity derived from vineyard terroir frames an amazing mid palate that focuses on ripe red fruits, molasses and tobacco notes. This wine will perform perfectly in a casual setting but its exuberant nature will complement rich fare at the dinner table. Drinking well young with a short decant, this wine will also age effortlessly.

"A powerful yet focused red, featuring floral red currant and spicy oak aromas, with rich, polished flavors of mixed berry, mocha and espresso that wrap around full but ripe tannins. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon."
94 Points ~ Wine Spectator

"The Merlot-based 2010 Red Blend Hossfeld Coliseum is seriously beautiful. Expressive dark fruit, flowers and licorice all flow from this powerful, intense wine. Layers of fruit continue to build to the effortless, gracious finish. The 2010 stands out for its purity of fruit and phenomenal overall balance."

93 Points ~ Wine Advocate


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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