Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2002


Tasting Notes

The 2002 Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerful wine with dense black berry, black currant and cassis aromas that follow through on the palate. There is a light smokiness and a halo of dried herbs and leather framing the strong fruit. The finish is dry and intense with much length.

"A perfect wine, the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard comes from further north in the Oakville Corridor on the valley floor. One of the youngest wines in this tasting of 2002s, it boasts a classic Pauillac-like nose of black currant liqueur, spring flowers, charcoal and lead pencil shavings. With formidable intensity, stunning purity and a multidimensional mouthfeel, this beauty needs another 5-8 years of cellaring. It should keep for a half century given its weight, richness, overall balance and extract."

100 Points ~ Robert Parker

"Dense, rich and powerful, with intense, pure Cabernet fruit, offering layers of currant, olive, herb, sage and wild berry, exquisitely balanced, with excellent structure, depth and length. Tightens up on the finish, but should reward cellaring. Best from 2007 through 2016."

95 Points ~ Wine Spectator

 

Map of the 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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