Carter Cellars Hossfeld Coliseum Red Blend 2012

Tasting Notes

The 2012 season proved to be an ideal vintage to produce a predominately Merlot based red blend. This vineyard’s rocky and stressed soils combined with its orientation to the sun were a beautiful match for a mild vintage. Brilliant dark crimson in color, it has great clarity and is joined by aromas of crushed dark cherries, briary fruits, and violets. The abundant natural acidity derived from the vineyard coupled with a concentrated extraction, frames an amazing mid-palate 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. Once again, a very stunning wine. Cellar for 4-6 years to enjoy this wine as it hits its stride.

"Saturated ruby.  High-pitched aromas of blueberry, kirsch, brown spices and bitter chocolate lifted by violet and an exotic orange peel nuance.  At once dense and fresh, with lively, harmonious acidity intensifying and enlivening the mountain berry and spice flavors.  Finishes very long and brisk, with the orange zest note repeating.  Impressive merlot-based wine from rocky soil. " - Barrel Sample

~ Stephen Tanzer



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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