Carter Cellars Coliseum Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Tasting Notes

The Coliseum Block vineyard is dramatically steep to the point that the rows resemble the seating at an ancient amphitheater.  Coliseum Block fruit was for a long time the backbone of Pahlmeyer’s red wine until Carter Cellars assumed control of the project. This is serious mountain fruit showcasing an addictive and spicy crème de cassis profile…very focused, a true masterpiece!

"Growing up very nicely. The tannins are resolving and the wine has a big fruit forward presence that follows through to the finish now. Given another year or 2 this could be greater still!"

91.3 Points ~ CellarTracker Average


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



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