2004 Cariad Proprietary Red Colgin

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Average critic rating : 96.0 points



The 2004 Cariad, a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 8% Cabernet Franc, was made from fruit purchased from David Abreu’s vineyards, most of it coming from his St. Helena property, the Madrona Ranch. Always one of the most aromatically complex wines, the 2004 comes across as a Graves-like offering with enormous notes of scorched earth, a hot rocks sort of nose and meaty black currant and black cherry fruit. Some tannins are still left, but the wine is round, generously endowed, full-bodied and opulent with terrific complexity. Drink it over the next 10 years. ||This spectacularly beautiful estate high on Pritchard Hill with magnificent views in just about every direction has been on a qualitative tear for many years. From their humble beginnings at the co-op Napa Wine Company (their first releases were in the early 1990s), to the construction of their winery and estate vineyard, quality has soared.||Tel. (707) 524-4445 Wine Advocate.April, 2014

One of the most spectacular winemaking properties in California, Colgin sits atop Pritchard Hill in St Helena, affording stunning views of Lake Hennessey and the surrounding mountains. An estate with a highly distinctive aesthetic, Colgin displays works of art throughout the winery, reflecting Vintner Ann Colgin’s arts background and passion for detail.

Founded in 1992, Colgin has rapidly established its reputation for Cabernet-based blends. There are three Bordeaux blend offerings – the Tychson Hill, the IX and the Cariad - all of which have, at various points, scored perfect 100 point scores with Robert Parker. There is also a fourth wine, the IX Estate Syrah, which in its best years closely resembles top-flight Northern Rhone.

The estate maintains an unusual distribution policy, selling small bottle allocations to restaurants and private customers on the wildly oversubscribed mailing list rather than to retailers. This, combined with the estate’s outstanding reputation, makes availability on the secondary market consistently scarce and the wines worth snapping up wherever you find them.

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