1996 Colgin - Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard 750ml

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1996 Colgin - Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 93(+?)

Saturated ruby. Penetrating aromas of cassis, black cherry, licorice and shoe polish; essence of Napa cabernet. Superb purity of dark berry flavor, complicated by mineral and spice notes. The wine sweetness is quite restrained owing to its firm spine of tannins and acids. A classic rather than exotic style of cabernet, in spite of the vintage's tendency toward roasted ripeness. Extremely long on the aftertaste; the somewhat tough tannins will require at least a few years of bottle aging.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Wine Advocate | 97

The saturated black/purple-colored 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard displays this winery's hallmark - a provocative nose of blueberry jam, orchid flowers, and smoky new oak intertwined with cassis. Additional aromas of licorice and exotic Asian spices emerge as the wine sits in the glass. Extremely full-bodied and rich, with more noticeable tannin than the 1997, this large-scaled yet extraordinarily rich wine is like drinking cassis/blueberry liqueur. Its sweet tannin and remarkable 40+-second finish are amazing. This wine is aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels for 18 months, and bottled with no fining or filtration.

Drink Dates: 1998-2022
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 120

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Wine Spectator | 91

Very complex, with aromas that offer ripe currant, cedar, fresh earth and black olive scents, shaded by hints of dill and spice. Smoothing out on the palate, where the flavors run deep. The tannins are still firm. The best of four bottles tasted.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective.

Drink Dates: 2007-2011
Author: James Suckling
Issue: Web

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Score: 92
Author: Jon S495
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 07/19/2013
More Vintages and Sizes of Colgin - Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard:

2004 (750ml)
2000 (750ml)

About This Producer


Ann Colgin, a former fine art dealer, began her label in 1992, and it quickly became one of the most sought-after names in Napa. Winemaking duties were originally handled by Helen Turley, then Mark Aubert in 1999. Production of the Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard is very small, with only about 350 cases produced each vintage. As with most of the world's truly great wines, Colgin's philosophy revolves around low yields and meticulous care of the fruit in the vineyard, winery and transportation between the two.

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