Carter Cabernet 2000

Carter, Napa Valley, Oakville, Beckstoffer Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon 20009 Almost 9 years on this wine is hitting its stride. The nose shows the bottle bouquet development of exotic spices like sandelwood. There’s a healthy mix of dried fruits and herbs, cinnamon and orange, all speaking the sweet-appearing smells that develop with time. In the mouth, the wine is supple and the acidity frames the dried and lingering fresh red fruits. The flavor goes on a long time – a special treat.

The grapes for this wine are said to have com from the Beckstoffer family’s portion of H.W. Crabb’s original Tokalon Vineyard, established in 1868. We all know the fame that this vineyard had reached yet the winery and brand are a mystery to me. While trying to determine the price, I struck out. This is one of those bottles whose source I can’t identify. I don’t know who gave this to me yet my thanks goes out, to whoever might claim it. Cellared & bottled by Carter Cellars, 14.1% alcohol.

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Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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2 Responses to Carter Cabernet 2000

  1. Heather Thompson says:

    Hello Ray,

    Check out for more information. The particular wine you discuss retails for around $175. Here’s a description of it from the Carter Cellars website:

    2000 Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

    A ripe, juicy, showy style, with high-toned black cherry and blackberry fruit framed by dill and cedary oak flavors that come together nicely on the palate, turning silky smooth and finishing with a chocolaty, mocha-scented aftertaste

  2. Ray says:

    You’re awesome Heather. Thanks for the detective work. I’m glad that the wine tasted good given that price tag.

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