1998 Carter - Cabernet Sauvignon Coliseum Block 750ml

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 84
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/01/2004
Drink Dates: 2004-2010
Mark Carter of Carter House in Eureka, California (a hotel with a truly phenomenal wine list. Its only real drawback is that it is in Eureka) has started a small vanity Napa Valley negociant operation specializing in Cabernet. Nils Venge is the winemaker for the venture. Deep purple red colored wine with lots of thick legs showing moderate pigmentation ? the color is really quite impressive for a 1998. Baker?s chocolate, cigarette ash, vanilla, and charred oak in the nose. Fruit is close to nonexistent. Acidic in the mouth with light tannins. Reasonably smooth but the wine is just void of any and all fruit flavors. Reminds me of a red from Graves. Not in any danger of going over the hill but I doubt more time in the cellar will do much for this wine.

Average rating: 90, based on 1 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

13 bottles owned by 11 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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