The 2010 growing season in Napa Valley was cooler in nature. The season started off about 10 days behind average due to cooler temperatures and periods of rainfall in April and May. Because of the late spring, the vines grew very rapidly in May and June, making it imperative to work efficiently on the vine canopies to taper off the growth and bring balance to the vine. Mother nature brought her own balance to the vine also by creating less crop. The summer brought moderate temperatures, until the month of August when we experienced many days with dense foggy mornings. The heat returned in late August and the season began to catch up. We were incredibly blessed to receive sunny warm weather into September and October. We took advantage of the beautiful weather for many weeks and picked all of our Cabernet the third week of October, just before the arrival of a rain storm which would bring a close to the season. Because of the cooler weather and later harvest, the grapes were harvested with wonderful levels of acidity, and with vividly preserved flavors. The longer hang time also resulted in wines with rich tannins and excellent structure. 2010 will be remembered as an excellent vintage at Colgin that is heralded for both its richness and balance.
Tasting Notes from Winemaker Allison Tauziet:
The 2010 Cariad has a dazzling perfumed nose with aromas of licorice, violets and orange blossoms. Dark berry scents combined with cracked peppercorns and a gravelly minerality bring a meaty and inviting quality to this wine. The Cariad always has a richly textured palate, and the 2010 vintage is no exception. The richness of the wine belies the tannins, making their large structure appear smooth and velvety. We composed the 2010 blend from 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Petit Verdot. The wine may be cellared for 20 to 30 years, or enjoyed near term after 5 years.