(all clone 7): Very dark aromas of cassis, black cherry, licorice and exotic spices. A juicy, spicy lively midweight; less obviously sweet and plush than The Grand Daddy and more saline right now. This tight wine shows terrific underlying power but today the savory tannins are in control.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2014
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96
Another killer effort is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard The Three Kings. It's splitting hairs at this level of quality, but this cuvee achieved 14.8% natural alcohol compared to its siblings'A?A? 14.9%. You certainly can't tell that in the glass. In fact, you would be hard pressed to believe it was over 13% given the wealth of fruit and layered texture. Abundant blue and black fruit, licorice, graphite and spice notes are present in this beautiful Pauillac-like Napa Valley wine. Full-bodied and opulent, this is another big-time winner from Carter Cellars. Drink it over the next 12-15+ years.