Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon 'The O.G.' 2015


Tasting Notes

As in the previous years, 2015 was a very good year for the ‘O.G.’ block of Beckstoffer To Kalon. This dense and ethereal Napa Cabernet Sauvignon reveals gorgeous notes of blackberry liqueur, complex floral undertones all matched with an inky deep purple color. Sweet 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 clone 337 from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard lends itself well to an extended decant or several years of bottle age to really spread its wings. This wine should hit its prime in 7 to 10 years and continue to age and become more complex for decades.

 

"My favorite in the lineup is the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The O. G. which strikes a perfect balance between opulence and elegance. Offering an insane perfume of cassis, crushed violets, espresso roast, and smoke tobacco, this borderline perfect beauty has awesome purity of fruit, a huge, layered texture, ultra-fine tannin, and a great, great finish. It shows the power and richness of this incredible vineyard, yet never puts a foot wrong, is perfectly balanced, and stays classy and incredibly drinkable. Enjoy bottle anytime over the coming two decades."

99 Points ~ Jeb Dunnuck

 

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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