This Bordeaux style blend embodies the structure that has become the hallmark of Colgin wines: bright jammy fruit aromas and character combined with soft ripe tannins. The wine is hedonistic in its complexity!
The 2001 "Cariad" is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. The word "cariad" means love in Welsh.
Notes from the Estate:
"Our third release of this Bordeaux inspired blend shows an enticing sense of place. The 2001 growing season reigned supreme and as a result, the wine was truly made in the vineyard. The terroir of the renowned Madrona Ranch coupled with David Abreu's careful viticultural techniques provided us with grapes that were very ripe and deeply colored. The wine has a deeply saturated red color with a black hue in the centerline and exudes uplifting aromatics of orange rind and exotic spices such as tamarind complex. Cariad was fermented in small vats and then allowed to remain on the skins for upwards of forty-five days encouraging many secondary aromatics to develop. The wine was aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels for eighteen months and was bottled without fining or filtration.
The 2001 Cariad blend portrays the vintage and the pedigree with seamless, velvety rich, almost chocolate like tannins, wonderful ripeness and signature hedonism. The 2001 vintage is well structured for both near term drinkability or long term aging."
We released 440 cases of 2001 Colgin "Cariad" in November 2004.