The 2018 ‘Carter’ is an utterly fascinating release from Carter Cellars. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is a Clone blend of 4 and 7 and Yolo Massal, which were sourced from the best vineyards in Carter’s portfolio. The wine itself instantly impresses with its incredibly pure and fresh aromatics of beautiful ripe blackberries and dark currants that are woven together with sweet Asian spices, graphite, wet gravel and hints of licorice. On the palate this is full-bodied and structured with beautiful round polished tannins that result in a gorgeous voluptuous mouthfeel. This possesses a wonderful elegant character that displays outstanding concentration and volume, with a supple core packed with flavors of fresh dark currants, exotic spices and cocoa nibs that resonate through the finish. This is another simply brilliant wine from Mark Carter that is fantastic today, but will also age gracefully.