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2014 Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The Grand Daddy Cabernet Sauvignon

Purchased direct from winery; Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar

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RATINGS

96Robert M. Parker Jr.

Black fruits galore, including blackberry, cassis, blueberry, with charcoal embers, camphor and subtle smoke, followed by a gorgeously proportioned full-bodied wine with fabulous purity and flawless integration of acidity, wood and tannin.

96James Suckling

Sweet tobacco and blueberries with hints of blackcurrant aromas that follow through to a full body. Yet it's not big on the attack. It finishes beautifully with lightly austere tannins and a flavorful finish.

93Wine Spectator

Distinctive for the melted black licorice, blackberry, anise and cedary road tar flavors, this adds up to a mouthful of plush Cabernet that's rich and persistent, with a long, full finish.

93Vinous / IWC

Savory herbs, tobacco, menthol, licorice and dried flowers are some of the many aromas and flavors that open up in the glass. ...a distinctly silky and understated expression of To Kalon.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Oakville, To Kalon Vineyard

To- Kalon is one of the most famous vineyards in Napa Valley, often called the first “grand cru” California vineyard. It has always inspired those who live near it. Native Americans called the area around it tu-la-halusi – meaning “beautiful land.” And later residents called it To-Kalon, Greek for “the most beautiful.” Originally planted by Hamilton Crabb in 1968, it today is owned by Andy Beckstoffer, the Robert Mondavi Winery and Opus One. Beckstoffer owns the lion’s share, with an 89-acre vineyard planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Beckstoffer sell To-Kalon grapes to such acclaimed producers as Schrader, Paul Hobbs, Tor Kenward, Realm, Alpha Omega and the Morlet Family. Beckstoffer Vineyards, a vineyard management business, owns and farms more than 3,600 acres of highly prestigious grape growing acreage in Napa Valley, Mendocino County and the Red Hills of Lake County. A senior executive with Heublein in the 1960s, Andy Beckstoffer is credited with steering Napa Valley vintners towards improving farming and the quality of the grapes used for wine.

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.