1997 Colgin - Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

Sadly only 400 cases were made of the 1997. The nearly perfect 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard was bottled in May, 1999, and appears to have recovered beautifully from bottle shock. Saturated black/purple-colored with a knock-out nose of blackberries, blueberries, lavender, licorice, and toast, this is a profound, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. It displays a seamless, velvety texture, layers of concentrated fruit, and a 45+ second finish. Am I being too conservative in not giving it a 3-digit score?

Drink Dates: 2002-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 126

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

Loads of plums and dried flowers, with hints of fresh roses. Full-bodied, very layered, with wonderful juicy tannins and a long, long finish. A big and powerful wine with everything going for it. Solid core here. Hard not to drink it now.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Author: James Suckling

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

(450 cases produced): Deep black ruby. Crystallized black cherry, black raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry, bitter chocolate, shoe polish and sexy oak tones on the perfumed, slightly floral nose. Supple entry, then quite unforthcoming in the middle palate. But already displays uncanny texture and depth, as well as extraordinary ripeness which somewhat mitigates this wine's normal impression of austerity. Distinctly Latour-like. Finishes with strong, tongue-dusting tannins and great persistence. A superb vintage for this boutique cabernet. 94(+?).

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 90

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Liebe
Tasted On: 07/13/2012
Drink Dates:

Rating: 99
Author: G
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 09/27/2013

Average rating: 97, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

313 bottles owned by 145 collectors.

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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.

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

Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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