Carter Cellars

The Grand Daddy Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

9.593 ratings
9.418 pro ratings
Oakville, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.8

On the nose, ripe, lightly spiced, floral fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, strawberries, black plum, plum and cherries. Dark rich soil, crush rocks, leather with dark red & blue flowers and violets.

The body is full, beautiful round, soft & elegant. The fruits are perfectly ripe. Spiced blackberries, dark cherries, strawberries, black plum, plum, bigger minerality, cherries, dark rich soil, graphite, some pepper, chewy leather, crush rocks, leather with dark red & blue flowers and violets. Beautiful acidity, the round, ripe, elegant, well balanced finish is amazing.

All the wines we tasted were still extremely fresh.

Photos of; Carter Winery, Winemaker Mike Smith, owner Mark Carter and the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard.

On the nose, ripe, lightly spiced, floral fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, strawberries, black plum, plum and cherries. Dark rich soil, crush rocks, leather with dark red & blue flowers and violets.

The body is full, beautiful round, soft & elegant. The fruits are perfectly ripe. Spiced blackberries, dark cherries, strawberries, black plum, plum, bigger minerality, cherries, dark rich soil, graphite, some pepper, chewy leather, crush rocks, leather with dark red & blue flowers and violets. Beautiful acidity, the round, ripe, elegant, well balanced finish is amazing.

All the wines we tasted were still extremely fresh.

Photos of; Carter Winery, Winemaker Mike Smith, owner Mark Carter and the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard.

Aug 20th, 2018
Connor McMahon

Great stuff! Impressive texture. Needs time

Great stuff! Impressive texture. Needs time

Mar 8th, 2018
Brad Hemmer

Delicious!

Delicious!

Oct 30th, 2017
David L

12’

12’

Oct 21st, 2017
Martin G Rivard

@Paul Treadway @Ryan Callahan @Christine Forgive the late posts!! We opened this bad boy on Saturday at a great Italian restaurant on the island of Palm Beach called Trevini's. I decanted both bottles this evening for 2 hours, re bottled and brought them to the restaurant. This showed very, very well but was not the WOTN. This is a great wine and is actually drinking very well right now but it didn't quite Wow me as much as the GTO they make. Big fruit., nice oak, strong finish. A very solid wine. Great floral notes on the 👃. A superb value for a To Kalon wine. I love Carter wines!!! Opening anything from their lineup is a treat.

@Paul Treadway @Ryan Callahan @Christine Forgive the late posts!! We opened this bad boy on Saturday at a great Italian restaurant on the island of Palm Beach called Trevini's. I decanted both bottles this evening for 2 hours, re bottled and brought them to the restaurant. This showed very, very well but was not the WOTN. This is a great wine and is actually drinking very well right now but it didn't quite Wow me as much as the GTO they make. Big fruit., nice oak, strong finish. A very solid wine. Great floral notes on the 👃. A superb value for a To Kalon wine. I love Carter wines!!! Opening anything from their lineup is a treat.

May 17th, 2017
Shawn R

WOTN, from a mag.

WOTN, from a mag.

Jan 29th, 2017
Martin G Rivard

@Kirk Alexander @David L @Joe Lucca @Mike Rowe @Ron R I brought this gorgeous beast to the party. Kirk and I both placed it slightly behind the insignia since that had such bottle age to it and was drinking perfectly. However, we could both truly appreciate the amount of perfection this bottle contained. Time will indeed round out the wine BUT OMG was it still immensely, insanely great right now! I don't regret popping one of these early at all in anyway shape or form. Awesomeness in a glass! Bravo Mike!! @Mike Smith

@Kirk Alexander @David L @Joe Lucca @Mike Rowe @Ron R I brought this gorgeous beast to the party. Kirk and I both placed it slightly behind the insignia since that had such bottle age to it and was drinking perfectly. However, we could both truly appreciate the amount of perfection this bottle contained. Time will indeed round out the wine BUT OMG was it still immensely, insanely great right now! I don't regret popping one of these early at all in anyway shape or form. Awesomeness in a glass! Bravo Mike!! @Mike Smith

Dec 18th, 2016
Martin G Rivard

Yet again., another To Kolon masterpiece. Are YOU on this list? If not...........you better get on it!

Yet again., another To Kolon masterpiece. Are YOU on this list? If not...........you better get on it!

Sep 22nd, 2016
Dean Nucich

Incredible pairing with Prime Rib!

Incredible pairing with Prime Rib!

Dec 29th, 2015
Billy L.

Thanksgiving & Weekend Wines...
Great wine! Kudos
@Mike Smith ;
Cheers 🍇🍷👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Thanksgiving & Weekend Wines...
Great wine! Kudos
@Mike Smith ;
Cheers 🍇🍷👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Dec 4th, 2019