Notes from the Estate:
Colgin's debut wine is holding up remarkably well with aromas of plum, graphite, wet earth, dried currant and leather saddle. Wonderful integration of tannins, good medium acid and a very long finish. Drink now through 2012. Service: Because of the delicate nose, serve straight from the bottle, with care to avoid stirring up the precipitates.
We released 250 cases of the 1992 Colgin "Herb Lamb Vineyard" in November 1995.
Review by Robert Parker
Wine Advocate #109 (Feb 1997)
Rating: 96 points
Estimated Cost: Unknown
This wine slipped through the blind tasting with everyone mistaking it for a sumptuous first-growth Bordeaux. When told the identity of the wine, one of the Belgian tasters quickly announced he was going to "order 100 cases." I was quick to point out that (1) the wine is already sold out, and (2) less than 1,000 cases were produced. I have always thought this was a terrific wine, but it was outrageously delicious in this blind tasting. The wine boasts an opaque purple color, followed by a gorgeously sweet nose of blueberries and blackberries intertwined with smoky, toasty oak. The enormously opulent texture, viscous richness, and huge quantities of sweet, pure fruit were deftly balanced by just enough acidity and ripe tannin. This full-bodied, awesomely-endowed wine has never shown better than it did in this blind tasting against some of the greatest wines produced in Bordeaux. Although soft enough to be drunk, it promises to evolve for at least 20 years.
Review by Robert Parker
Wine Advocate #99 (Jun 1995)
Rating: 92 points
Estimated Cost: $40.00
This up and coming producer is making 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Lamb Vineyard on Howell Mountain. Both the 1992 and 1993 are wines to seek out, although the tiny production means quantities are extremely limited. Both wines boast opaque black colors, and huge, sweet, jammy noses of cassis fruit, minerals, flowers, and new oak. Powerfully authoritative flavors that ooze glycerin and fruit extraction are also elegant and harmonious. The tannin is buried beneath an amazing amount of concentration. The 1993 finishes with slightly greater focus, delineation, and length, it's splitting hairs at this level. Both wines should drink well for at least 20 years.
The 1994 is a spectacular, promising Cabernet Sauvignon that has me drooling in anticipation of its release.
No tel. listing; address: Colgin-Schrader Cellars, P.O. Box 372, Calistoga, CA 94515
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