Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon - 'The Grand Daddy' 2019

Tasting Notes

Called “Magic in a glass”, this block of Beckstoffer To Kalon produced exceptional wines in 2019 as a result of great farming matched with purist winemaking and exceptional blending. These older clone 4 vines offer our most upfront and instantly appealing wine from this vineyard. Dark blackberry fruits, cassis and toasted earthy spice intertwine to create a lavish multi-layered wine that leads to an enormous mid-palate buttressed perfectly by the wine's natural acidity and gripping tannins. Offering a unique amount of ripeness and texture, this is a weightless elegant wine wrapped up in a cloak of raw but refined power. While drinking great now, allow this wine to age several years and watch it reach its full potential.


"Already complex and expressive, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The Grand Daddy just about jumps from the glass with its cassis and blueberry fruits as well as notes of menthol, tobacco, and flowery incense. Full-bodied and concentrated, with a dense, broad mid-palate, it has lots of tannins, terrific overall balance, and a great finish. The purity of fruit here is sensational, but it has enough structure to warrant 3-5 years of bottle age, at which point it should keep for two decades or more."

97+ - 95 Pts ~ Jeb Dunnuck (barrel sample)


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, Tor, Realm and of course, Carter Cellars.

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