Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon 'The O.G.' 2011

Tasting Notes

This classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a magnificent example of what hands on winemaking and meticulous attention to detail on the vineyard and in the cellar can achieve. Nature brought yields down to a scant .83 ton per acre which resulted in perfectly ripened fruit the first week of October. Bright, dark ruby in the glass leads to aromas of licorice, Bing cherries, and a nice streak of minerality right down the middle. For such a young wine, the soft and layered mid palate exudes pedigree, while also being tactful and precise. The wine finishes with polished and focused tannins that consume the palate with a 30 second finish. With such small yields this wine is so densely packed with fruit and energy that it will likely out last mother time. Tuck this wine deep in the cellars and revisit it in 5-7 years or age it for 18-25 years to discover a real gem.


" Bright, dark ruby.  Cassis, licorice and strong rocky minerality on the nose.  Sweet, tactile and deep, with dark berry and brown spice complicated by a saline quality.   Excellent layered texture and verve here.  Finishes with substantial broad, fine-grained tannins and good mounting length.  Thick for the vintage but also very nicely focused.  There will be just 2 barrels of this wine..." - Barrel Sample

~ 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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