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Herb Lamb Vineyard, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 

1994 Herb Lamb Vineyard, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Notes from the Estate:

Big, explosive fruit aromatics: cherry, black plums, cassis, roasted coffee, tobacco leaf and bitter chocolate. Very rich and dense in the mouth. This wine has yet to reach its peak. Drink now through 2020. Service: Serve straight from the bottle, with care to avoid stirring up the precipitates. Food pairing: This wine pairs perfectly with lamb loin or rack of lamb.

We released 500 cases of the 1994 Colgin "Herb Lamb Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon in November 1997.


Review by Robert Parker
Wine Advocate #108 (Dec 1996)
Rating: 96 points
Drink 1996-2026
Estimated Cost: Unknown

 

What is so remarkable about the 1994 and 1995 offerings is that they are aged in 100% new French oak, yet the wood's influence is extremely subtle. In addition to their power, richness, and fullness, another hallmark of the Colgin wines is the vibrant blueberry, boysenberry, cassis character that roars from the glass.

The potentially perfect 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon is a totally dry wine, but the sweetness and taste of this wine's fruit is akin to a savory blend of a chocolate-covered, blueberry/cassis-filled candy bar and vanilla ice cream melting in the mouth. This full-bodied wine is silky, seductive, opulent, voluptuously-textured, and extraordinarily fragrant, expansive, and rich. In spite of this, the wine remains graceful and well-balanced, without any sense of heaviness, or obtrusive tannin or acidity. I clearly underrated the 1994 from my earliest barrel tastings, but the last two times I have had it, from barrel immediately prior to bottling and in bottle, have persuaded me that this wine is one of the most exciting and remarkable young Cabernet Sauvignons I have tasted! It should drink well for another 25-30 years. Damn, I adore this wine!

For my taste, there are five potentially perfect Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines from the remarkable 1994 vintage. The 1994 Dominus, 1994 Harlan Estate, 1994 Bryant Family Reserve, 1994 Colgin-Schrader, and 1994 Shafer Hillside Select are all candidates for three-digit scores. Colgin, whose wines are made by Helen Turley, is a newcomer to the Cabernet sweepstakes, having debuted with a brilliant 1992, which was followed by an even more prodigious 1993. I have had the 1994 on four separate occasions, and the last two times it has been virtually perfect. Moreover, the 1995 is another extraordinary success, although production in 1995 was a minuscule 100 cases. However, proprietors Ann Colgin and Fred Schrader have purchased a 5-acre vineyard near the Grace Family Vineyard, just across the street from Freemark Abbey, so production of what will be two Cabernets will increase in several years.

Tel. (707) 524-4445

P.S. The only way to purchase this rarity is to get on the producer's mailing list.

 

Review by Robert Parker
Wine Advocate #104 (Apr 1996)
Rating: 90-94 points
Estimated Cost: Unknown

 

The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard exhibits sweet, jammy blueberry aromas that have soaked up all of the 100% new oak Taransaud barrels in which the wine was aged. It possesses medium body, crisp, vibrant acidity, a deliciously sweet, ripe attack, outstanding concentration, and a long finish. The 1994 is more tightly knit and higher strung than either the profound 1993 or sumptuous 1992.

No telephone listing; address: Colgin-Schrader Cellars, P.O. Box 372, Calistoga, CA 94515.

 

Review by Robert Parker
Wine Advocate #102 (Dec 1995)
Rating: 90-94 points
Estimated Cost: Unknown

 

This up and coming superstar has fashioned an outstanding 1994 and an outrageously rich, sumptuous 1993. The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard exhibits sweet, jammy blueberry aromas that have soaked up all of the 100% new oak Taransaud barrels in which the wine was aged. It possesses medium body, crisp, vibrant acidity, a deliciously sweet, ripe attack, outstanding concentration, and a long finish. The 1994 is more tightly knit and higher strung than either the profound 1993 or sumptuous 1992. It should come as no surprise that the genius behind these wines is Helen Turley. Readers are advised to get on the winery's mailing list in order to secure some of these extremely limited production wines, which are largely sold via the winery's mailing list. No telephone listing; address: Colgin-Schrader Cellars, P.O. Box 372, Calistoga, CA 94515.

 

Review by Robert Parker
Wine Advocate #99 (Jun 1995)
Rating: (no rating given)
Estimated Cost: Unknown

 

This up and coming producer is making 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Lamb Vineyard on Howell Mountain. No tel. listing; address: Colgin-Schrader Cellars, P.O. Box 372, Calistoga, CA 94515

 

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