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Herb Lamb Vineyard, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 

1995 Herb Lamb Vineyard, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Notes from the Estate:

Ripe black cherry, cola, blackberry, vanilla and earth. Dense and chewy on the palate with delicious mouthwatering acids and a 60 second plus finish. This wine has yet to reach its peak. Drink now or 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 450 cases of the 1995 Colgin "Herb Lamb Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon in November 1998.


Review by Robert Parker
Wine Advocate #114 (Dec 1997)
Rating: 98 points
Drink 1997-2027
Estimated Cost: Unknown

 

I realize perfection in wine, like perfection in anything, is in the eyes of the beholder, and there are those who believe perfection is simply unobtainable. But in my mind, the 1996 and 1995 come close to perfection. Why? First of all, these extraordinary expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon are awesomely concentrated and endowed, while at the same time elegant and amazingly harmonious. The equilibrium between the wines' component parts - new oak, alcohol, tannin, acidity, and extract - is right on, with nothing out of place. The 1996 and 1995 could be mistaken for identical twins, although close examination reveals that the 1995 has a slightly firmer tannic edge, and the 1996 slightly lower acidity. However, both possess Colgin's tell-tale opaque black/purple color, phenomenal aromatics consisting of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, cassis, subtle new oak, and a notion of floral scents (is it acacia or lilac?). In the mouth, both wines are full-bodied, remarkably supple and opulent, with a purity and presence of fruit that must be tasted to be believed. Their finishes last for 45+ seconds. I suspect each of these wines will get even better over the next 5-10 years before reaching their full plateau of maturity, where they should remain for two decades or more. They are the quintessential examples of Cabernet Sauvignons that marry power with elegance. As a friend said after tasting a Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon, "they float like a butterfly, but sting like a bee." I am not sure Mohammad Ali or Ann Colgin would agree with that, but it paints another picture of these extraordinary wines. These wines are made by Helen Turley, the prodigiously talented winemaker/consultant.

Once again, the only way in which to purchase these wines is via the winery's mailing list. As a postscript, Ann Colgin has acquired a new vineyard called Tychson Hill, which is superbly situated near the Grace Family Vineyard adjacent to route 29 north of St. Helena, so additional Cabernet will be forthcoming in several years.

Tel. (707) 524-4445

 

Review by Robert Parker
Wine Advocate #111 (Jun 1997)
Rating: 97-99 points
Drink 1997-2022
Estimated Cost: Unknown

 

The opaque purple-colored 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses character and "mouth presence" in abundance, something shared by the 1994 and 1993, but less so by the 1992. This opaque purple-colored wine, with a silky, sweet, richness, fabulous concentration, and a 40-50-second finish, is crammed with fruit (blueberry and cream flavors). The well-integrated tannin and acidity are used for definitional purposes rather than structural supports. This gorgeously pure, compelling, full-bodied Cabernet should drink well for 20-25+ years. This is another astonishing effort that will rival the dazzling 1993 and 1994. (Tasted in barrel.)

Tel. (707) 524-4445

 

Review by Robert Parker
Wine Advocate #108 (Dec 1996)
Rating: 97-99 points
Drink 1996-2021
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 opaque purple-colored 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses that character in abundance, something shared by the 1994 and 1993, but less so by the 1992. This opaque purple-colored wine, with a silky, sweet, richness, fabulous concentration, and a 40-50-second finish, is crammed with fruit. The well-integrated tannin and acidity are used for definitional purposes rather than structural supports. This gorgeously pure, compelling, full-bodied Cabernet should drink well for 20-25+ years.

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.

 

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