Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon 'The O.G.' 2013


Tasting Notes

As in the previous year, 2013 was also very kind to the ‘O.G.’ block of Beckstoffer To Kalon. This profound Napa Cabernet Sauvignon reveals gorgeous notes of crème de cassis, a celestial floral and espresso character, matched with an inky purple color. Perfectly framed tannins integrate with a plush, persistent and prodigious palate making this a complex wine which expertly showcases Napa Valley terroir. As with prior vintages of this wine, the structure and power of the To Kalon Vineyard needs a extended decant or several years of bottle age to spread its wings. This wine should hit its prime in 5 to 7 years which should then last for at least the next 20 years.

 

"Well, it can’t be easy to follow a perfect wine, but the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The O.G. can. It tips the scales at the end of my scoring system with absolutely magnificent blackberry and cassis fruit, spring flowers, sweet tannin, full-bodied opulence, and a finish that goes on for 50+ seconds. Compelling purity and balance and a mind-boggling overall personality makes it another killer effort from Carter Cellars."

100 Points ~ Robert Parker

 

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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