This O.G. did not come to play. It absolutely slays the vintage with a perfect balance between power and elegance that will leave you reeling. 2018 was a killer year for Carter Cellars’ original block of Beckstoffer To Kalon grapes, delivering a dense and ethereal Napa Cab with gorgeous notes of blackberry liqueur and complex floral and mineral notes. The structure and power here begs for an extended decant before you dive into this exquisite Cabernet.
In the same realm as the 2016, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon The O.G. is a magical wine and reveals a deep purple color as well as incredible cassis and blackberry fruits, loads of violets, spice, and floral nuances, building yet sweet tannins, no hard edges, and a monster of a finish. It shows the purity and elegance that are the hallmarks of the 2018 vintage yet backs it up with stunning concentration, a multidimensional, layered mouthfeel, and an incredible, singular personality. I kept coming back to this wine in my tastings and followed the bottle for two days, at which point we just drank it. It should evolve for 25-30 years.