2008 Colgin Cariad

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 98 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 96 JS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 48134-2008-750-3A

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    (54% cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot, and 7% each cabernet franc and petit verdot): Deep ruby. Aromatic nose offers licorice, minerals, violet and mint. Sweet and dense but airy, showing a bit more verve and lift than the Tychson Hill offering today. But there's terrific concentration and creaminess for the vintage. Finishes with big, broad, building tannins that seem finer-grained than those of the Tychson Hill. The Colgin 2008s have the typical pHs found in these wines (roughly 3.85) but slightly higher total acidity than average, which helps this wine support its whopping 15.8% alcohol.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Aromas of ripe blueberry, strawberry and red currant are engagingly complex and supple in this Cabernet blend, which is full-bodied, graceful and elegant, ending with a long seamless finish that picks up a touch of gravel and tobacco leaf. 54 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    Originally rated 95+, this dense opaque purple-colored blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot exhibits notes of chocolate fudge, mocha, black cherry, blackberry, licorice, smoke and toasty oak. Dense, full-bodied and chewy, it has not yet begun to reveal the nuances and complexity of other Cariad vintages. While it is a big, rich effort, I think it will develop along the lines of the 2000 and 2003, rather than reach the super qualitative level such as 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 96

    This shows such amazing aromas of porcini mushrooms with dark fruits and Chinese tea and smoke. Decadent. Changes all the time. Exotic. Full-bodied, with a round and soft texture. Long and very intense with fabulous fruit. So much going on. 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. Hard not to enjoy now but will improve with age.
    Author: James Suckling
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  • 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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    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 855 bottles owned
    • 100 collectors