Carter Cellars Hossfeld Coliseum Red Blend 2016

Tasting Notes

Crimson red colors are met by aromas of black cherries, briary fruits, and violets. The abundant natural acidity derived from the vineyard coupled with a concentrated extraction, frames an amazing midpalate that highlights juicy red fruits, cocoa and mocha. The complex and layered finish is wrapped in ripe, lush tannins that showcase the best traits of a Merlot and Cabernet blend. Year after year this proves to be a very stunning wine.

"From a site that was lost in the 2017 fires, the 2016 Hossfeld Coliseum Red Blend offers classic notes of black cherries, blueberries, crushed rocks/gravel, and chocolate. It's another ripe, powerful wine from this team that holds onto an incredible sense of purity, balance, and elegance. Given the prices these days for top Napa Valley Bordeaux blends, this is a remarkable value that should be snatched up by readers."

97 Points ~ Jeb Dunnuck


Map of the Coliseum Vineyard

The History of the Coliseum Vineyard

Twenty years ago people thought Henry Hossfeld was crazy because of the slope and the solid rock he was trying to grow vines on in the south-eastern Napa hills in an area known as Soda Canyon.  In fact, at planting, each vine hole was fractured into the terraces with a stick of dynamite. This dramatic site, steep and terraced like a Roman Coliseum has distinctive volcanic soils and as such, the resulting Cabernet fruit is also quite distinctive; structured graphite and herbal scented, compelling flavors. Today, we reap wines with massive fruit extraction, inky black color, and powerful tannins.

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The 2017 vintage is available in Special Wooden Box sets. Order your box set before they sell out.

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Explore the varied Napa vineyards of Carter Cellar's handcrafted wines, from the Beckstoffer To Kalon to the Weitz Vineyard



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