Friday, February 1, 2013
December 11, 2012 – Wine: 2005 Carter Cellars Coliseum Block Cabernet Sauvignon
I loved all of the 2005 Carter Cellars wines when I tasted them at the winery. A couple of years back I opened a half-bottle of the 2005 Revilo Cabernet and was a little disappointed – it was disjointed and in need of more time. Last February I thoroughly enjoyed a half-bottle of the 2005 Merlot. Last night I was captivated by the 2005 Beckstoffer Cabernet. So, I thought tonight I would compare the 2005 Coliseum Block Cabernet. While this wine is still not yet ready, it features a dramatic nose. The palette was almost Bordeaux-like and offered up flavors of tobacco and leather followed by plum, and cherry. Though this wine lacks the richness of the Beckstoffer Cabernet, it does offer a promise of terrific balance and a little more elegance. Overall, this is a very complex wine in need of time in the cellar.