2005 Colgin - Cariad 750ml

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WA 100   IWC 94   WS 94   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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

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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: Issue 138

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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.

Drink Dates: 2010-2017
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: Gordon S
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 09/21/2014
Drink Dates:
FANTASTIC; needs more time ..

Rating: 98
Author: taipanli
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 07/30/2014

Rating: 93
Author: Mike N296
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/02/2013
Drink Dates: 2018-2030
Site Blog: Foodie Confidential 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.

Average rating: 96, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1714 bottles owned by 335 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.

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