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Serena Sutcliffe, M.W. Reviews Colgin Wines

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Thursday, January 31, 2002


Serena Sutcliffe, M.W., Head of Sotheby's International Wine Department, Senior Director and noted author, travelled to Northern California in January to see the recent developments in California's Napa Valley. She tasted seven vintages of Colgin "Herb Lamb Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon at a tasting followed by dinner at the Fifth Floor Restaurant in San Francisco, California. Following are her tasting notes:

1998
Mark Aubert's first vintage. Nose of a young great Pauillac. Superb balance and freshness. Young, vibrant, lovely acidity at the end. Beautifully plush and full of silky fruit. I like the style. SS

1997
Thick damsons nose and black pepper. Damask roses too. Very tannic and thick on the palate. Long, black cherry aftertaste. Very "tactile". Totally silky finish, the 1997 signature. SS

1996
Really black colour. Very cassis nose. Total blackcurrant essence on the palate. Crushed cassis coats the mouth. Very marked tannins. So solid you could cut it with a knife! SS

1995
Crush loganberries nose, with Oregon boysenberries. Very vivid fruit taste, with lots of fresh acidity. Loganberries taste too. Minty highlights. Ends crisp on the palate. Immensely young. SS

1994
Intense cassis nose. Tight concentrated berries on the palate. Tannic. "Roasted" currants. Big, imposing and full impact wine. SS

1993
More liqueur, more mature nose- a real bouquet. Black cherries. Strapping wine. Immense. Maraschino cherries and tar! The fruit is so ripe it covers the tannins with fat and glycerol. SS

1992
Rich, almost "bordelais" nose. Super-concentrated berry juice that is just still so young. Very irony and yet so sweet at the end. SS