Carter Cellars Coliseum Block Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Tasting Notes

This initial release from Carter Cellars showcases the intensity of fruit that can be achieved in good years from this astounding hillside site. The fruit managed to reach perfect levels of ripeness while the deep roots were stressed by the rocky soil. Bright acidity brings this wine to the forefront of your palate and makes the dark fruit pop in your mouth with an intense juiciness. The finish possesses light mocha notes from the fruit along with spice and tannic dryness.

"Big, bright and beautiful, with bing cherry, blackberry, chocolate, vanilla, spice, cedar and herb flavors, all seamlessly integrated. The acidity is a bit bright--the result of a cool year--but the wine is still a top-notch first release for Eureka hotelier Mark Carter."
92 Points ~ Wine Enthusiast

"A massive, broad-shouldered mix of ripe, juicy fruit, currant and blackberry, with raw, intense, mouthpuckering tannins. Picks you up and shakes you."
90 Points ~ Wine Spectator


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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