Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon 2009

Tasting Notes

Hailing from the famed Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyard block B2 which is planted to the clone 337, this wine means business from the get go. Yields were adjusted down to 3 ton per acre due to the late season and we harvested perfectly ripened fruit on October 3rd. Immediately your eyes are drawn to the dark purple, crimson hued core and vibrancy of this wine. Aromas of crushed blackberries, Belgium chocolate, spice and anise emanate throughout the wine. On the palate a rush of lush fruit, ripe but firm tannin and fully integrated natural acidity form a base that easily allows the wine to flow into an enormously smooth mid palate. Here is where the wine really shines because of its ability to be both flirty and fresh, coupled by a deep rich body and a mile long finish. Like previous renditions of this wine, a decant time of 5-6 hours will ease this wine to drink now but look for it to age gracefully for 12-20 years.


"Pure, rich and beautifully crafted, with dense, polished flavors of black fruits, mineral, loamy earth, spice, mocha, bay leaf and espresso, yet for all its size and dimensions, this glides along gracefully and gains momentum on the finish."

95 Points ~ Wine Spectator

"Bright medium ruby. Very primary aromas of crushed dark berries, violet and minerals. Thick but bright, with lovely definition and spicy lift to the mineral-driven dark fruit flavors. Finishes strong and vibrant. Aging in all new Taransaud and Darnajou barrels. Strong potential here." - Barrel Sample

94 - 91 Points ~ Stephen Tanzer


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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