Carter Cellars 2006 Beckstoffer Cabernet Sauvignon

Carter Cellars 2006 Beckstoffer Cabernet Sauvignon

Carter cellars 2006 Beckstoffer Cabernet Sauvignon

Carter Cellars 2006 Beckstoffer Cabernet Sauvignon  


The Carter Cellars 2006 Beckstoffer Cabernet Sauvignon is a testament to the exceptional quality and craftsmanship of Carter Cellars, highlighting the unique characteristics of the renowned Kalon vineyards. This Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the rich flavors and complexity that make Napa Valley wines world-renowned.

Tasting Notes

On the Nose:

A captivating blend of blackberry, violet, floral notes, spices, licorice, and oak tones.

On the Palate:

A harmony of blackberry, black cherry, plum, and oak undertones, creating a well-balanced and complex flavor profile.

Pairing Suggestions

Pairs beautifully with a variety of dishes, including grilled steak, roast lamb, or venison, as well as aged cheeses and rich, flavorful sauces. When I grill a steak with this wine, I like to sauté mushrooms with a buttery garlic sauce and add a pat of gorgonzola cheese on top.

Closing Notes

My friend Rick stays with us twice a year to visit and drink nice wines and grill beautiful steaks together. He always brings nice wines with him and this time he brought this Carter Cabernet Sauvignon with him but wanted us to open on a special occasion. We decided to open it up when I found out I passed my Sommelier Final. We grilled some nice dry-aged ribeye’s with the mushrooms with a buttery garlic sauce and gorgonzola cheese on top. It was fantastic. We let the wine open up prior to the meal for about an hour and it was a nice wine for this special occasion.

Structure Breakdown: Carter Cellars 2006 Beckstoffer Cabernet Sauvignon

* Acidity: Moderate

* Body: full

* Tannins: Firm

* Region: Napa Valley

* Varietal Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon

* ABV: 14.7



  • Clarity (1 points): This evaluates the wine’s transparency and absence of particulates, which can indicate cleanliness and precision in winemaking.
  • Color (1 point): Color assessment can provide insights into the grape varietal, wine age, and winemaking practices like oak aging.


  • Developed (1 points): Acknowledges maturity in aroma, indicating well-aged wines that have evolved to reveal secondary or tertiary notes.


  • Smooth Appropriate to Varietal (2 points): Important for assessing whether the body of the wine matches what is typical for the grape varietal, which speaks to the authenticity and skill in winemaking.


  • Complex (2 points): Highlights wines with a range of flavors that interact well, indicating quality and depth.


  • Lingers (1 points): A lingering finish is often a sign of a well-crafted wine, suggesting complexity and balance.


  • Acidity Average (0 points): Neutral position for acceptable but not ideal acidity levels.
  • Bitterness Balanced (1 point): Indicates a favorable balance of bitterness, often important in red wines.


  • Well-Made (1 points): Recognizes solid, technically correct wines.


  • Integration: (1 point) How well the wine’s components are integrated. High integration would receive the maximum points.
  • Tannins: (1 point) Quality and appropriateness of tannins relative to the wine style and varietal.
  • Typicity: (1 point) How representative the wine is of its varietal, region, and style.


  • Overall Enjoyment: (1 point) Overall enjoyment or drinkability, which can reflect the subjective pleasure derived from the wine.


  • 10+ years (1 points): Rewards wines with the potential for long-term aging, indicating structure and balance.


  • Sweetness: (.5 point) The level of sweetness is average for the style of the wine.

Vino-Rater Score: 95.5

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95 – 100 Points: Memorable and world-class, these wines leave you in awe from the very first sip.

90-94 Points: Outstanding and enticing, these wines invite you to savor every glass.

85-89 points: Wines that are good but missing something.

80-84 points: Average wines that leave room for improvement in today’s competitive market.

75-79: Life’s too short

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