First 100 Point 2012 Cabernet

Carter Cellars grew out of a small bed & breakfast, turned high-end hotel/restaurant with an award winning wine list. Mark Carter started hosting winemaker dinners and in 1998 he created “Carter Cellars” and the rest as they say is history.  The first vintages were made by the FIRST 100 point winemaker in Napa, Nils Venge.  Today Mike Smith, who started his winemaking journey under the tutelage of Thomas Brown at Schrader Cellars in 2001 has been crafting these amazing wines for years now and has brought Carter to new heights. The Carter 2012 Cabernets might be the first winery to wind up with 100 point ratings, and I don’t take this lightly.  Robert Parker gave the 2010 vintage 97-99 points ratings – after I tasted the 2010s next to the 2012s, I’d give the 2012 101 points!

We are offering this wine in mixed 4 packs with FREE SHIPPING, but I might be persuaded to give you a few of same if you like, or more, of course!  These wines are in very limited supply, and will sell out in no-time!  These wines are tightly allocated.

Carter 2012 To Kalon “The Three Kings” Cabernet Sauvignon
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The Three Kings To Kalon is crafted from the classic Napa Cabernet clone 7 which has had quite the Renaissance in recent years. Noticeably darker and the most virile wine of the Carter Cellar’s 2012 offering, it opens up immediately with soaring aromatics of black currants, licorice exotic spices and blue/black fruits. This 2012 vintage reveals superb balance and concentration which successfully expresses the richness and power that is the hallmark To Kalon wine. The pliant mid-palate is composed of firm but sweet tannins which are fully integrated into the plush dark fruit and toasted oak notes. Give this beautiful wine a few years in the cellar to round out and you’ll be rewarded by mature and developed nuances for 12-18 years to come. FYI, the 2010 received a 99 point rating and this wine is even better!!!

Carter 2012 Weitz Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley
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This is the inaugural release of Carter Cellar’s Weitz Vineyard Cabernet and we are excited about the opportunity to work with this pedigreed Oakville hillside vineyard. The reddish brown soils are littered with volcanic rocks and the vines bath in the sun from early morning to late in the evening. In the glass, the wine is deep purple to the rim and opens with signature scents of blackberry fruit, cassis and mocha. Notably plush tannins and natural acidity are coupled with a distinct minerality from the heavy graveled soils. In the mid-palate rich blueberry, chocolate covered cherries and barrel spice combine to make this a powerhouse of complexity and structure. Considerable depth and fruit will develop as the structure starts to integrate with a little bottle age. Decanting a few hours will benefit this wine for early drinking; cellar for 6-12 years to enjoy this wine in its prime. FYI, the Weitz vineyard is now called Leopoldina.

Carter Cellars 2012 Beckstoffer To Kalon
“The O.G” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

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2012 was very kind to the ‘O.G.’ block of Beckstoffer To Kalon. Deep ruby/purple hues boast amazing levels of dark currants, violets and barrel spice. Perfectly framed tannins integrate with a plush, persistent and bold mid-palate making this a prodigious and complex wine which expertly showcases Napa Valley terroir. The mélange of fruit is intoxicating, nuanced and mesmerizing. As with prior vintages of this wine, the structure and power of the To Kalon Vineyard needs a extended decant or several years of bottle age to spread its wings. This wine should hit its prime in 3 to 4 years which should then last for at least the next 10 to 20 years. FYI, the 2010 received a 97 point rating and this wine is even better!!!

Carter Cellars 2012 Beckstoffer To Kalon “The Grand Daddy” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
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Due to perfectly balanced yields and just the amount of hang time, this To Kalon block produced exceptional wines in 2012. These old vine clone 4 vines render our most elegant wine from this vineyard, but just like great Bordeaux, this elegance is wrapped up in a cloak of raw but refined power. Crème de cassis, licorice, tobacco and spice cake aromas mingle with a lavish multi-layered wine, offering an enormous mid-palate accented by natural acidity. The wine offers a sensational amount of ripeness and texture along with generous tannins which leaves an impression of a wine that carries both old and new world characteristics. Allow this wine to age more than other To Kalon bottlings before consuming – it will benefit from a long decant or 8-10 years in the cellar. FYI, the 2010 received a 97 point rating and this wine is even better!!!  

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