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Region: Region:United States
Varietal: Varietal:Red Blend

Vintage: Vintage:2014

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RATINGS: 92pts Wine Advocate; 91pts Wine Spectator; 93pts Vinous

The origins of Carter Cellars began in the mid 1980’???s when the historic Carter House Victorian was built. When this small bed and breakfast became too popular for the crowd from the cities up and down the west coast the Hotel Carter was added and a restaurant (the highly regarded Restaurant 301) was needed for the guests. For the guests at the restaurant Mark Carter began compiling what has become (since 1998) a Wine Spectator Grand Award winning wine list. He began sourcing the best wines the world had to offer from first growth Bordeaux to the top Napa Cabernet and even the high quality, little-known gems that helped the wine list stand out. Because of the great recognition of the restaurant and its wine list Mark was able to host winemaker dinners with the likes of Dan Duckhorn and Nils Venge.

Mark and Nils became fast friends at these dinners while sharing their all encompassing passion for great wines. Mark wanted to expand his love of wines and start a new age wine label devoid of a brick and mortar facility but sourcing only the best fruit from the most renowned vineyard in Napa. His goal was to create the best Napa Cabernet that could be made. Nils Venge, the superstar winemaker responsible for receiving the first ’???perfect score’??? on a domestic wine from Robert M. Parker Jr. while at Groth in 1985, seemed like the perfect match on this quest for perfection.

Carter Cellars first vintage was in 1998 sourcing grapes from the steeply terraced Coliseum Block of the Hossfeld Vineyard. In continuing to source wine from top Napa vineyards Mark and Nils made a svelte Fortuna Block Cabernet from the ancient red volcanic soils of the Fortuna Vineyard in 1999. In 2000 Carter Cellars began a long and deeply rewarding relationship with the most iconic vineyard in the western hemisphere: the Beckstoffer portion of the original To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. Thus began the rise of the famed and highly rated Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet, a wine that to this day continues to receive top scores from critics worldwide.

Tasting Notes: Wine Spectator 91 points - Well-sculpted, with concentrated raspberry and spiced cherry flavors, showing notes of red licorice and white pepper. Dried mint hints lingers on the finish, which is supported by suave tannins. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2022. 193 cases made. -KM.November/2017

Wine Advocate 92 points - Carter makes his 2014 Proprietary Red Hossfeld Coliseum, which is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, from a relatively obscure vineyard back on Soda Canyon Road in Southern Napa Valley. This wine is big, chewy, chocolaty and mocha-infused wine with black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, loads of texture, lushness and a heady, chewy finish. It is sexy wine and there are 193 cases of it. Drink it over the next decade..Robert M. Parker, Jr., December/2016

Vinous 93 points - The 2014 Hossfeld Red Blend is once again one of the real gems in this lineup. Silky, voluptuous and racy, the 2014 packs a serious punch, but the fruit nearly covers the tannins. Dark red cherry, chocolate, spice and menthol all make an appearance, but it is the wine’???s pure power and structure that stand out most. This is a fabulous wine from Mark Carter..Antonio Galloni, December/2016

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