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Monday, June 30, 2008


From Wine Enthusiast - June, 2008

COLGIN 2005 IX ESTATE RED WINE
$275(Napa Valley)97

This Bordeaux blend is similar to Colgin's Cariad bottling, but the grapes are from the winery's estate vineyard, high up on Pritchard Hill, ranging in elevation from 1,100-1,300 feet. A distinct note of violets and Provençal herbs erupts from the glass, supported by fruiter ones of cherries, red and black currants, dark chocolate, caramelized oak and cedar. What is so masterful about the wine is its complex structure. The tannins are fine as can be, offering just the right qualify of briskness, and balanced with vital acidity. Tasted alongside Colgin's other 2005 wines, the IX Estate surpasses them all in sheer power and depth. Drink now, with decanting, or cellar through 2020. Cellar Selection. - S.H.

COLGIN 2005 CARIAD
$NA(Napa County)95

Cariad is an interesting Bordeaux blend, the '05 consisting of Cab Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. It feels a little tentative now, as if the components are still learning how to mesh. There's a shy, tannic quality to the cherry, currant, chocolate and plum flavors, and a glyceriney mouthfeel that makes the wine slippery smooth. Give it a few years of cellaring, and it should perform well through 2017, at least. - S.H.

COLGIN 2005 TYCHSON HILL VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON
$NA(Napa Valley)95

The price hasn't been set yet on this wine, which will be released in November, but the '04 was $275. This 100% Cabernet is stunning, a quintessential hillside Cab that's powerful and compelling in blackberries, red and black currants, cola, spices and cedar. It feels ultra-refined in the mouth, with slightly tough tannins and a trace of acidity giving it a sturdy structure. Decant this great wine if you open it now, and it should evolve for a good 15 years in the cellar. Cellar Selection. - S.H.

COLGIN 2005 HERB LAMB VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON
$NA(Napa Valley)95

The price has not been set yet on this wine, which will be released in November 2008, but the 2004 was $275. The wine is big and fleshy, almost meaty in its youth. Aromas and flavors of black currants, licorice, Bay laurel, dark unsweetened chocolate and new smoky oak change and grow more complex by the second, as the wine airs in the glass. Notable in the mouth for the tannins, firm and grippy but sweet and refined. The slight astringency suggests ageability. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon will hit its stride between 2011 and 2020. Decant if you drink it sooner. - S.H.

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