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CARTER PROPRIETARY RED, HOSSFELD COLISEUM VINEYARD, NAPA VALLEY 2016
Composed of 80% Merlot blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Hossfeld Coliseum Proprietary Red is very deep purple-black in color and gives up a very pretty perfume of potpourri, dried lavender, aniseed and cinnamon stick over a core of warm plums and blueberry preserves plus a touch of garrigue. Full-bodied, softly textured, seductive and with bags of spicy black fruit preserves, it finishes long and perfumed.
NVWE Notes: Deep, broodingly rich, full of coiled energy and tannic backbone, this wine is in every respect a grander effort that the two previous “Carter” Cabernet Blends. The aromas are a melange of red and black fruits, herbal spice, and sweet barrel notes that fan-out as a focused perfume of red currant, red cherry, black raspberry, red plum, blackberry, blueberry, black currant, black fig, vanilla toffee, baking-spice, coffee bean, dark tobacco, clove, cedar, licorice, date and bay leaf. It proves every bit as muscular as expected on the palate, with tongue-drenching fruit density, loads of sweet-savory spice and a spine of leathery tannin. The finish is ultra-long and it’s packed with coiled fruit, pretty barrel notes and herbal spice. Ten years or more from it’s full expression and likely to live for three decades and beyond, this is by any standard a great Cabernet.