Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon - 'The Grand Daddy' 2010

Tasting Notes

The 2010 vintage was a perfect growing season to create this classically styled Cabernet Sauvignon from a block of old vine clone 4. The dark crimson and visually viscous nature of this wine forecasts what is to come. Dark red fruits are intermingled with roasted hazelnuts, violets and distinct crushed rock minerality on the nose. The mid palate is where this wine trumps most. Red fruits dominate up front, followed by blue fruits that frame a full bodied yet plush texture. The focused yet plush finish takes over accenting them with cocoa powder and cassis notes. The overall balance and natural acidity within this wine will allow it to age effortlessly.

Last year this To Kalon became the buzz of Napa Valley, becoming a crowd favorite at many a tasting party.


"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon The Grand Daddy reveals classic, uplifted floral, forest floor and black currant aromatics, a creamy, full-bodied texture with terrific definition and laser-like precision, and remarkable purity, richness and overall gravitas. It can be drunk now or cellared for two decades or more. "

97 Points ~ Robert Parker

"Bright ruby-red. Precise, high-pitched nose offers cassis, blueberry, crushed rock, licorice, violet, spices and bitter chocolate. Like a liquid confection on entry but firm mineral-driven acidity gives cut and penetration to the seamless flavors of dark berries and cocoa powder. This beautifully balanced, generous wine finishes with youthful fine-grained tannins and superb persistence.." - Barrel Sample

95 Points ~ Stephen Tanzer


Map of the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

The History of the To Kalon Vineyard

The Beckstoffer portion of the historic original To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville AVA was purchased from Beaulieu Vineyard in 1993. Beaulieu had purchased the property from the Crabb estate in 1940 and called it their Beaulieu Vineyard No. 4. Napa Pioneer Hamilton Crabb first planted the vineyard in 1868 and it has produced some of the Napa Valley's best red grapes ever since. Replanted after phylloxera by Beckstoffer from 1994 to 1997 to multiple clones of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with modern trellising and closer vine spacing, the vineyard produces several luxury award winning vineyard designated wines. These vineyard designated Cabernet Sauvignon wines include Schrader Cellars, Paul Hobbs, Provenance, Realm and of course, Carter Cellars.

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