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2012 Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The Grand Daddy Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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RATINGS

96Robert M. Parker Jr.

...sweet, concentrated and packed with crème de cassis, blueberry, spring flower and graphite characteristics. Full-bodied, opulent, stunningly rich and layered, this majestic wine should provide immense pleasure...

92-94Vinous / IWC

Terrific claret-like vinosity to the complex, expressive aromas of cassis, black cherry, bitter chocolate, espresso, licorice and spicecake. Supersweet, rich and plush, with highly concentrated dark berry, spicecake, chocolate and sexy...

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.