Wine Advocate | Rating: 92The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Coliseum Block (14.5% alcohol) is a big, lusty, exuberant style of Cabernet with plenty of fruit, glycerin and extract, but it doesn't seem to miss a beat in terms of its balance and length. Made by proprietor Mark Carter and the legend from the 1970s, the irrepressible Nils Venge, this beautiful 2003 offers nicely integrated wood, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and plenty of creme de cassis and spice characteristics in a classic Napa style that is hard to resist. Reasonably mature, it is capable of lasting another decade or more.Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 83Quite tannic and drying, offering loamy earth, graphite and cedar notes, with little fruit vitality left. Past its prime.Author: James Laube
Since 1998 Carter Cellars has been producing small, intimate vintages with outstanding fruit from Napa's finest vineyard sources. Mark Carter's dream of creating a world class wine label without a brick and mortar winery lead him to a partnership with Nils Venge and no small amount of critical praise. Carter Cellars produces several Cabernets and Merlots, all from fruit grown in low-yield vineyards in Napa and showcasing Beckstoffer fruit from the famous original To-Kalon Vineyard. In 2006 they founded Envy Winery to produce estate-grown wines for the first time.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 94 bottles owned
- 17 collectors