Carter Cellars Coliseum Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Tasting Notes

From the famed Soda Canyon in the Napa AVA, this wine changes from dark red to black in color. On the palette it has a lovely, silky mouthfeel with primary flavors of black cherry, jam and licorce. It's tannic structure is smooth, and the wine is nicely balanced.

"The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Coliseum Block comes from a small, steep vineyard in Soda Canyon in the east side of Napa Valley. This blockbuster exhibits an opaque purple color along with notes of graphite, charcoal, creme de cassis, blueberries, charcoal and oak. It reveals unreal intensity, full-bodied power, stunning purity and sweet tannin. Still an infant in terms of its development, it should drink well for 15-20 more years. If you like the bigger, more opulent style of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, you will love this 2002. "
96 Points ~ Robert Parker


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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