2004 Colgin Cellars

Cariad,  Red Bordeaux Blend

St. Helena, Howell Mountains,  California,  USA

$525
RP 96
V 95
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While composing the blend of 54% Cabernet, 28% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc from Madrona Ranch and 10% Petite Verdot from Thorevilos vineyard, we look to capture a truly Bordeaux style blend with California pedigree. In order to make the best blend year after year, we rely on our right bank consultant, Alain Raynaud, to give us his thoughtful insight. Slowly and meticulously we construct the blend together, and the 2004 vintage was no exception.

"Upon release I am impressed with how this wine unfolds to reveal a wealth of depth. This is the magic of a blend. The old cabernet vines from the Madrona Ranch vineyard make a superb backbone for the blend, both aromatically and texturally. When the blend reacts with air, it truly comes alive. Delicious aromas of smoked meats, roast duck, cedar, and rhubarb take over. From time to time, the wine opens up to even more layers of aromas like Asian spices, soy sauce, tree bark and plum sauce. The fragrant perfume and acidity contributed by the Petit Verdot bring freshness to the wine as well as added aging potential. The 2004 "Cariad" is a deliciously plush and rich wine that is soft enough to drink now, but will continue to gain power over the next 25 years. The wine was aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months, without racking, and was bottled without fining or filtration in March 2006."

Grape/Blend

54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc

RP 96

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

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.
V 95

Vinous

Deep red-ruby color. Aromas of black raspberry, plum, truffley earth and smoky oak are accented by flowers and dried herbs. Supersweet, plush and silky; in a distinctly glyceral style, with outstanding depth to its dark fruit and underbrush flavors. Finishes with glossy tannins and superb length. Reviewed by Stephen Tanzer. Tasting date: March 2015.

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RP 96

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

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.
V 95

Vinous

Deep red-ruby color. Aromas of black raspberry, plum, truffley earth and smoky oak are accented by flowers and dried herbs. Supersweet, plush and silky; in a distinctly glyceral style, with outstanding depth to its dark fruit and underbrush flavors. Finishes with glossy tannins and superb length. Reviewed by Stephen Tanzer. Tasting date: March 2015.

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