Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon - 'The G.T.O' 2018

Tasting Notes

Referred to as "a true bucket list Cabernet Sauvignon," the 2018 Carter Cellars available only in Magnum format is sourced from the very best barrels, out of the very best slices of the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard. A monumental wine, that possesses huge notes of crème de cassis, crushed earth, blueberries, blackberries, and exotic spice in both the aromatic and flavor profiles. The finish is endless in this super-intense, rich wine. Like all of our Beckstoffer To Kalons the sweetness of tannins and the emerging complexity permits enjoyment at this early stage, but let it age for 10 to 25 years to see the best of what this wine has to offer. As always, extremely limited, so act with haste.


"The 2018 Beckstoffer To Kalon 'The G.T.O' is an absolutely thrilling wine from Carter Cellars. This is a selection of Cabernet Sauvignon composed from Carter's best barrels out of the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard. The wine itself is utterly majestic, as it bursts open to seductive aromas of ripe blackcurrants, blueberries and crème de cassis that are joined by pencil shavings, violets and wet gravel, along with hints of fresh tobacco and licorice that all explode from the glass. The palate is just as impressive, full-bodied, polished and seamless, with a remarkable deep concentrated core that delivers layers of gorgeous ripe dark fruits which cascade on to the long expressive finish. Mark Carter has produced a serious range of wines in this vintage and the G.T.O stands out amongst the very best."

100 Points ~ International Wine Report


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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