2002 Colgin Cariad

  • 99 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 48134-2002

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($200) Saturated deep ruby. Utterly distinctive aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, Asia n spices, duck sauce, exotic herbs and flowers. Silky, lush and dense, with wonderfully subtle oak character. This actually comes across as tighter and leaner than the Tychson Hill, and more elegant, but this is due to the wine's surprising acidity and firm underlying structure, which also keep this blend remarkably fresh. A fascinating blend with a rising finish that's rare for North Coast red wine at this level of ripeness. This may merit an even higher score with six to eight years of additional bottle aging.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Fabulous aromas of melted chocolate and brownie fold in with dark berry, cedar, sage and loamy earth flavors, rich and intense. They gain velocity and depth, firming nicely on the finish where the tannins give this structure and have a cedary tobacco leaf presence. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    Probably the least evolved, although certainly accessible, stunningly complex, and just a point short of pure perfection is the 2002 Cariad. It is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, all purchased fruit from the David Abreu-owned and managed vineyards of Madrona Ranch in St. Helena and Thorevilos, behind the Meadowood Resort. Strikingly dark plum/purple in color, with notes of white chocolate, barbecue smoke, graphite, blueberry and blackberry liqueur as well as espresso roast, this is a tremendously complex blend that hits the palate with full-bodied opulence, terrific richness and intensity, and wonderfully silky tannins. The entire wine saturates the palate yet is never heavy, instead rather ethereal. This is an extraordinarily elegant, complex, yet authoritative example of a creative blend from some of the finest terroirs in all of Napa Valley, brought to life by the extraordinary passion and abilities of owners Ann Colgin and Joe Wender. If the other three wines seem to have fully matured, this wine probably won't reach its plateau for another 2-3 years and it will keep for 15 or more.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Great wine! Good black fruits. Was a big hit. Still slight tannic grip on finish. I have another bottle I'll give more time.
    Author: Billy the Kid
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Penetrating nose of flowers, graphite, cassis and a mineral laced soil component that was strangely reminiscent of a bottle of 01' Masseto I drank last year. Maybe it's the large amount of Merlot in this wine that bears that similarity. This wine was all about finess and balanced and a wonderful sense of terroir. Probably the biggest compliment I can pay is that I kept wanting to come back for another sip all night. 96pts.
    Author: Front Man
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Very dark red color. Elegant bouquet of blackberry, black currant, chocolate undertones, pepper, spices, and even some minerality. Thick and full bodied in the glass. The tannins blend in well and on the palate the wine develops some meaty characteristics in addition to all the scents from the bouquet. Fantastic, long lasting finish. This wine was a superb experience now but it will probably be great for the next 20 years.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2025
    Author: StefanBoedeker
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 897 bottles owned
  • 155 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 155 collectors)