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2005 Colgin Cariad

  • 100 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 94 JS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 48134-2005

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    (like the Tychson Hill bottling, this is 15.6% alcohol) Good deep ruby-red. Highly nuanced nose offers raspberry, violet, minerals, licorice, mocha, tobacco and flowers, plus a whiff of game. Large-scaled, fat and rich; a bit plumper and more oily in the middle than the Tychson Hill and Herb Lamb offerings but ultimately less nuanced. But this impressively sweet and sexy wine is a no-brainer for those who can find and afford it. Finishes broad and spicy, with very fine-grained tannins. This is mostly from vines planted in the late '80s in Madrona Vineyard.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Ripe and intense, with firm, minerally tannins that have a dry, dusty edge wrapped about the earthy dried currant and black cherry fruit that's deep and concentrated, ending with a long, persistent finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
    Author: James Laube
    Issue: Oct 31, 2008
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    The blend that Colgin fashions from three vineyards owned by David Abreu (Madrona, Thorevilos and Howell Mountain) is called Cariad. The 2005 Proprietary Red Cariad consists of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot. Offering up spring flowers and garden aromas, sweet blueberry and black raspberry fruit, a touch of charcoal embers, graphite and background toast, it is fleshy and full-bodied, and again, meriting a three-digit score. This is absolutely remarkable wine. As it sat in the glass, it developed some rather compelling chocolaty, licorice undertones. This is a great classic to drink over the next 20-25 years. By the way, for those interested, the cooperage generally chosen is dominated by Taransaud barrels, but there are at least four different coopers.
    Drink Dates: 2015 - 2040
    Author: Robert Parker
    Issue: 219
  • Vinous | Rating: 97

    The Cariad is the most severe of the 2005s. Early signs of aromatic development are just starting to appear, but the 2005 remains quite backward, dense and brooding. There is an element of explosive energy in the 2005 that I find especially appealing. Hints of rose petal, mint, cherries, smoke and white pepper gradually unfurl in the glass, but 2005 still hasn't hit its stride.
    Drink Dates: 2017 - 2027
    Author: Antonio Galloni
    Issue: Apr 2016
  • James Suckling | Rating: 94

    This is juicy, rich, and round. Aromas of sweet tobacco and cigar box. Full bodied, with notes of chocolate and a decadent mouthfeel. I love the depth and richness to this, very subtle and fascinating with so much going on.
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating: 98

    FANTASTIC; needs more time ..
    Author: Gordon S
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Inky color with fruity nose. Dense and concentrated, almost like syrup. Black fruit and pepper. Hot. A lot of potential but needs cellaring another 5-10 years.
    Drink Dates: 2018-2030
    Author: Mike N296
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.

See other similar producers:Abreu Vineyards,Araujo Estate Wines,Robert Craig Wine Cellars

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1611 bottles owned
  • 218 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 218 collectors)