A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, the grapes for “Cariad” hail from ancient riverbeds turned hillsides overlooking the heart of Napa Valley.

Named for the Welsh word for love, “Cariad’s” opulence and structure are characterized by exotic notes of violet, dark fruit, and a gravelly minerality. We say that “Cariad” is a sphere which is purple.

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2017 burgeoning Classic, black fruit, cinnamon, plumeria, ample, melting *

Character

burgeoning

High-Level Notes

Classic, black fruit, cinnamon, plumeria, ample, melting

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The 2017 “Cariad” dances between exuberance and restraint. Deep notes of blackberry and licorice weave with warm spice flavors of curry, cumin, and cinnamon. Wet gravel, menthol, and chocolate notes draw the wine inward. On the palate the wine’s density and full creamy texture of broad tannins evoke a strong familiarity of recent vintages, boosted by a heightened acidity in 2017 that adds juiciness and succulence.

Climatic Conditions

The 2017 vintage began with double the average rainfall in winter, refilling the water reserves and delaying the beginning of the season. Warm weather in late April triggered a beautiful, rapid flowering and an extended heat wave in late May forced vines to taper off growth and focus efforts on the berries. The summer of 2017 experienced a few intense heat events, whose ultimate effect on our sites was to minimize the berry size and enhance concentration of the fruit. The balance between the canopy and the fruit in 2017 was unlike other years in that the lusher than normal green shoots and leaves of springtime added extra protection to the crop during the frequent heat waves. Harvest began in the middle of September with cold nights and sunny days and continued at a rapid pace until its completion on October 6th.

In 2017, thoughtful decisions about canopy management, irrigation, crop thinning and picking dates led Colgin to craft wines that enhance the strengths of this growing season, such as its aromatic complexity, greater natural acidity and pleasurable structure- qualities that will guarantee a long evolution in bottle. In the near term, the 2017 vintage wines express an inward nature. They hold within them a resilient spirit and reflect the character of all vintages that precede them, with perfume, freshness and minerality taking center stage.

2016 intoxicating Blackberry, fig paste, rose, turmeric, succulent *

Character

intoxicating

High-Level Notes

Blackberry, fig paste, rose, turmeric, succulent

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The 2016 “Cariad” is inviting and magnetic. Driven more by its energetic presence than any one detail, the 2016 is expansive both aromatically and texturally. A spectrum of dark fruits combines with notes of incense, licorice, and dry rub spices to form an intoxicating bouquet. Crushed rock, cobble, and loam anchor the wine with a strong sense of minerality. Flavors saturate the intense mid palate. The “Cariad” gains momentum as it builds layers across the palate, finishing with extraordinary persistence.

The 2016 “Cariad” is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot.

Climatic Conditions

The winter of 2016 began with steady rainfall, bringing small doses over the entire winter and ending with a very rainy beginning of March. Following a sequence of drought vintages beginning in 2012, the wet winter brought a final reprieve from dry conditions. Budbreak arrived shortly thereafter as vines began a season that restored balance to vine and soil health. Steady shoot growth followed in April, and warm weather took hold in May during the blooming period. This healthy start to the season was a blessing, but the incredible weather that followed in the summer and fall would become the story of the vintage. We began harvest under foggy conditions in the middle of September. The mild nature of the remainder of the season would serve to retain flavor nuances and accumulate heightened amounts of color in the grape skins. Fruit condition over the entirety of harvest was impeccable. Supple skinned berries bursting with flavor and color extracted to form wines of freshness and vibrancy with an intensely harmonious palate. The wines of the 2016 vintage are thrilling and multifaceted- every nuance of delectable fruit is matched by vivid notes of each distinctive terroir.

2015 immersive Richness with softness, black tea, fruitcake, steak, hot rocks *

Character

immersive

High-Level Notes

Richness with softness, black tea, fruitcake, steak, hot rocks

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The 2015 “Cariad” is intensely aromatic. The duality of the growing season is highlighted with the wine’s vibrancy and concentration. Dark fruits like blackberry and juicy plum layer with notes of grilled steak and charcoal. Mineral, wet stone, and forest floor guide the character of the wine, giving a heightened earth tone. 2015 emphasizes not only the ripe fruits, but also the gorgeous elements of the terroir. On the palate the tannins enter with tremendous breadth. In 2015, we find structure and texture paired seamlessly.

The “2015 Cariad” is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot.

Climatic Conditions

2015 continues the streak of exquisite vintages produced from the extended drought that began in 2013 in the Napa Valley. Much of the rain for the 2015 season came before winter even began. A long delay until early February followed, when a large storm came bringing mainly surface runoff. These alternating wet and dry conditions, combined with a warm winter, led to an early bud break at the beginning of March. A long, cool spring ensued bringing sporadic growing conditions leading into bloom. Uneven weather during flowering led to very light clusters with few berries, thus ensuring a small crop. What began as a challenge, ultimately resulted in a blessing. The small crop with tiny berries ripened quickly over the warm summer and fall, bringing fruit with vivid color and exciting levels of flavor. We crafted the 2015 vintage at Colgin with an emphasis on preserving the aromatic exuberance of the wines. The lush textures and inky color in the nascent wines guided us toward gentler extraction that would preserve the wine’s balance and let the energy shine through

2014 engaging Juicy, licorice, iron, fresh, citrus blossom, weightless *

Character

engaging

High-Level Notes

Juicy, licorice, iron, fresh, citrus blossom, weightless

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The balance of subtlety and exoticism of the 2014 “Cariad” are captivating. Melted black licorice, ripe blueberry, and plum are unbelievably seductive in the glass. Notes of hibiscus and citrus blossom add freshness and lift to this delectable wine. Accentuated by faint notes of fennel seed, shiitake, and cedar, the 2014 vintage of “Cariad” envelops your senses. Flirtatious and lingering aromas continue onto the palate, where a bright acidity leads into a suavely textured mouthfeel.

The 2014 “Cariad” is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot.

Climatic Conditions

The wines of 2014 have an immense sense of purity. The mild weather of the 2014 vintage produced wines with sophistication that beautifully balance elegance with true power. The superbly delineated flavors are both fresh and fully ripe. A harmonious quality is apparent in the suave texture of these wines. The 2014 vintage seductively draws you in, then piques your curiosity and keeps you returning repeatedly for more. The 2014 season followed the unseasonably dry 2013 vintage and began with one of the driest Januarys in recent history. It wasn’t until February came that we received the bulk of our wet weather. Despite all the references to a drought, what perhaps made an even bigger imprint on the 2014 season was the warmth we experienced in the winter. As both factors combined we began one of the earliest growing seasons since 2005. As spring and summer unfolded, we saw marginally warmer temperatures all year long and yet we experienced very few heat waves. The vines set a beautiful crop, and it was no surprise that 2014 led to one of our earliest harvests, beginning on August 29th. Berries were plump and fresh as they were harvested. As the wines evolved in the cellar, we observed how their flavors span a broad spectrum- from powerful dark fruits, to classic and subtle Napa Valley herbal and earth notes, reminiscent of an earlier era. With their silky textures developing over the course of the fermentation, we extracted the wines using longer, slower macerations, adding to their nuance and length. The 2014 vintage comes in a sequence of stellar vintages. Following the classic structure of the 2012 and the concentrated nature of the 2013 vintages, the 2014 stands apart from its predecessors in that it captures the supple dense qualities of a warm vintage, married with the perfumed characteristics of a cooler vintage. Such qualities harken back to great vintages like 2005, and even further back to the age worthy 1995, as witnessed in our 1995 Colgin “Herb Lamb.”

2013 majestic Inky and intense, elixir like, black licorice, forest floor, deep *

Character

majestic

High-Level Notes

Inky and intense, elixir like, black licorice, forest floor, deep

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The 2013 "Cariad" encapsulates an enormous spectrum of flavors. Starting with deep dark notes of ripe plum and black cherry, the nose quickly builds with aromas of the earth. Forest floor, cinnamon stick and cardamom layer in with the delicious scent of black licorice. This vintage of "Cariad" is oozing with flavor: an elixir of spices, earth and complexity. The depth of flavor continues into the mouth as the tannin coats the palate with an unbelievable unctuous texture. Broad, plump and layered, this is a "Cariad" for the ages. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot.

Climatic Conditions

The 2013 growing season set the stage for an outstanding vintage of wines. With the ideal blend of cool and warm weather at the right time, the season gave us perfectly ripened fruit with purely preserved flavors and inky grape skins. What was perhaps atypical about 2013 was the rainfall pattern, as we were in our second year of a drought. All of our winter rain fell during the months of November, December and a small amount in January. Beyond January, we had no rain, yet the weather as it relates to temperature and fog patterns was absolutely magical. With a classically timed bud break to start the season, then gorgeous warm weather during bloom, the vines set a homogenous and fruitful crop- an ideal setup to the harvest season. In a sense the 2013 season was "made to order." By mid-September we reached a holding pattern of sunny and mild weather. By that point the berries had reached an unbelievable intensity of flavor, color and delicious tannin. The 2013 vintage was one that tested our courage to pick early rather than our patience to ripen the fruit longer. That same fortitude and self-restraint carried into the winemaking. With fruit so rich in flavor and texture, we found the wines extracted very effortlessly and thus the balance between power and elegance in the 2013 vintage was achieved with shorter macerations in the cellar.

2012 celebratory Plum, barbecue spice, gravel, purple floral, immense texture *

Character

celebratory

High-Level Notes

Plum, barbecue spice, gravel, purple floral, immense texture

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An exotic blend of densely lush ripe fruits and savory spices leap from the glass. The viscous 2012 "Cariad" contains pure aromas of plum, licorice and dark currants with interplays of cardamom, barbecue spice and subtle smoke. Ethereal purple floral notes dance in the glass, while hints of gravel and wet stone bring gravity and a brooding tone. The wine is at once elegant and hedonistic.

Seductively textured with unctuous tannin, the palate is luxurious. Dense, coating and even salivating, the 2012 "Cariad" represents the optimum ripeness from Napa Valley, married with the pedigree of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines of the world. Blended of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot this will be an exceedingly long lived vintage of "Cariad."

Climatic Conditions

The 2012 begins a series of three exceptional vintages for the Napa Valley. Each season possesses immense purity and balance whose distinct characters will make it fascinating to follow in the decades to come. The 2012 season was classic in nature as it was quite temperate and long. The season began with moderate rainfall, much of which fell during early March. The bud break of the vines began the first week of April. A few small rain events occurred over the following weeks and helped to nurture the soil, and by mid-May we began a steady cycle of gorgeous weather. Great weather at bloom is a noted bellwether for many great vintages. The climatic conditions were so ideal, that the vines set quite a healthy crop. As summer evolved, we got a feel for the quantities of clusters and began meticulously removing excess fruit to ensure a higher level of quality. A textbook August and September followed, with few heat waves. Our harvest commenced in mid-September and continued steadily for the next month. The wines were crafted with a keen sense of preserving freshness and capturing the distinct fruit flavors and textures of this sensational vintage. The resulting wines are incredibly appealing as they contain exceptional intensity and a lovely seductive opulence!

2011 steadfast Dark chocolate, incense, cherry, orange peel, silk *

Character

steadfast

High-Level Notes

Dark chocolate, incense, cherry, orange peel, silk

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There is enormous beauty to be found in the 2011 vintage! The experiences of the season are what help distinguish the pedigree of the Colgin vineyard sites from others. The 2011 growing season in Napa Valley seems only to be recognized for its challenges, yet a great site can take challenges in stride. With a wet start to the season, we have a significant advantage in that each of our sites is planted on hillsides with well-draining rocky soils. Given the wet spring, we experienced one of our latest blooms on record in June. The summer followed with relatively mild temperatures during which time we worked diligently in the vineyard to reduce the canopy and bring the vines into balance. At veraison in late August, we removed enough clusters to ensure a consistent, even ripening. We began our harvest the final week in September and picked virtually all of our Merlot and Syrah in this period. Two small rain events the first week of October hastened the progress of the harvest-yet what followed was altruistic, sunny weather which remained through the completion of the harvest season. We picked the Cabernet Sauvignon the second half of October and our conscientious team ensured only the most pristine berries were sorted into the fermentation tanks. The wines were made with a slightly more delicate hand in order to capture their freshness and respect the fruit. The resulting wines of the 2011 vintage are brilliantly aromatic. They have deliciously round tannin and are bolstered by a bright and balanced level of acidity. The flavors of each site truly stand out in this vintage, and the quality of the wines is a testament to the quality of the terroirs upon which they are grown.

The 2011 "Cariad" takes full advantage of the vintage by pulling from the unique sites we farm for this wine. From Madrona Ranch we capture the brightness and beauty of the aromatics from the early season. From Thorevilos and Howell Mountain we capture the density and richness of later maturing sites. Coupled together they form more than just the sum of their parts, creating a 2011 "Cariad" that is brimming with purity, freshness and density. Concentrated aromas of dark cherry, licorice, and grilled meat jump from the glass. Beautiful notes of incense, chocolate and orange peel flirt in and out of the dark core of fruit. An amazing amount of minerality comes through in this wine, with notes of cobble, iron, wet stone, and forest floor. The texture of the 2011 "Cariad" is true to its classic profile every vintage. The wine is layered with silky, luscious, almost oily tannin. This dense, palate coating wine is deep in color and long on the finish. Supported by its natural acidity and the fine polish of the tannins, this is the Colgin wine for decades of aging.

Climatic Conditions

There is enormous beauty to be found in the 2011 vintage! The experiences of the season are what help distinguish the pedigree of the Colgin vineyard sites from others. The 2011 growing season in Napa Valley seems only to be recognized for its challenges, yet a great site can take challenges in stride. With a wet start to the season, we have a significant advantage in that each of our sites is planted on hillsides with well-draining rocky soils. Given the wet spring, we experienced one of our latest blooms on record in June. The summer followed with relatively mild temperatures during which time we worked diligently in the vineyard to reduce the canopy and bring the vines into balance. At veraison in late August, we removed enough clusters to ensure a consistent, even ripening. We began our harvest the final week in September and picked virtually all of our Merlot and Syrah in this period. Two small rain events the first week of October hastened the progress of the harvest-yet what followed was altruistic, sunny weather which remained through the completion of the harvest season. We picked the Cabernet Sauvignon the second half of October and our conscientious team ensured only the most pristine berries were sorted into the fermentation tanks. The wines were made with a slightly more delicate hand in order to capture their freshness and respect the fruit. The resulting wines of the 2011 vintage are brilliantly aromatic. They have deliciously round tannin and are bolstered by a bright and balanced level of acidity. The flavors of each site truly stand out in this vintage, and the quality of the wines is a testament to the quality of the terroirs upon which they are grown.

2010 meditative Black cherry, soy, graphite, almond liqueur, mysterious *

Character

meditative

High-Level Notes

Black cherry, soy, graphite, almond liqueur, mysterious

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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.

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.

Climatic Conditions

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.

2009 charismatic Savory and sweet, truffle, iron, blood orange, viscous, smooth *

Character

charismatic

High-Level Notes

Savory and sweet, truffle, iron, blood orange, viscous, smooth

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The 2009 vintage was one that was characterized by balance. Budbreak started right on schedule in mid March. Though we had only received about two thirds of our normal rainfall over the winter, we were fortunate to have a few small rain events in April and May which would tide the vines over through the beginning of summer. A fairly classic weather pattern set in over the summer time. We experienced only a few days of heat over 100 degrees, which was followed by our traditional fog pattern coming in from the bay. The fog continued through much of August which lengthened the early maturation stage of the fruit, giving ample time for the vines to create fruit deep in pigment, and complex in flavor. Several small heat events in September rounded out the flavor and tannin development, allowing us to begin picking the Merlot and Syrah. Gorgeous mild weather the first week of October provided perfect conditions for ripening the Cabernet, which we picked steadily through the middle of the month. We finished harvest just before the cold and wet weather hit on October 13.

The wines of this vintage are inky in color, fresh in flavor, and have incredibly silky and approachable tannins. The quality of the fruit in 2009 was uncompromised, and the wines reflect that purity of fruit and elegance of tannin.

"The 2009 Cariad blend is composed of 59% Cabernet, 22% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc all from Madrona Ranch and 9% Petit Verdot from Thorevilos vineyard. In order to make the best blend year after year, we work closely with our French consultant, Alain Raynaud, to give us his thoughtful insight. Slowly and meticulously we construct the blend together. Our 2009 Cariad is loaded with earthy notes of mineral, talc and gravel. With air, the wine unfolds with dark black cherry notes, meaty aromas of grilled steak, and barbecue and curry spices. The texture is oily on entry with an old world structure and bright acidity. Super rich and definitely brooding, this wine has a lot of stamina. A long lingering finish lets the experience continue. I would recommend a minimum of 5 to 7 years of aging in the cellar before opening. This has everything it needs to age gracefully."

We released 580 cases of the 2009 "Cariad" Red Wine in March 2013.

Climatic Conditions

The 2009 vintage was one that was characterized by balance. Budbreak started right on schedule in mid March. Though we had only received about two thirds of our normal rainfall over the winter, we were fortunate to have a few small rain events in April and May which would tide the vines over through the beginning of summer. A fairly classic weather pattern set in over the summer time. We experienced only a few days of heat over 100 degrees, which was followed by our traditional fog pattern coming in from the bay. The fog continued through much of August which lengthened the early maturation stage of the fruit, giving ample time for the vines to create fruit deep in pigment, and complex in flavor. Several small heat events in September rounded out the flavor and tannin development, allowing us to begin picking the Merlot and Syrah. Gorgeous mild weather the first week of October provided perfect conditions for ripening the Cabernet, which we picked steadily through the middle of the month. We finished harvest just before the cold and wet weather hit on October 13. The wines of this vintage are inky in color, fresh in flavor, and have incredibly silky and approachable tannins. The quality of the fruit in 2009 was uncompromised, and the wines reflect that purity of fruit and elegance of tannin.

2008 delineated Cherry pit, forest floor, roasted meat, mineral *

Character

delineated

High-Level Notes

Cherry pit, forest floor, roasted meat, mineral

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"The 2008 Cariad blend is composed of 54% Cabernet, 32% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc all from Madrona Ranch and 7% Petit Verdot from Thorevilos vineyard. In order to make the best blend year after year, we rely on our French consultant, Alain Raynaud, to give us his thoughtful insight. Slowly and meticulously we construct the blend together.

The 2008 vintage of our "Cariad" is savory straight out of the glass thanks to the old vine Cabernet. Dark aromas of barbecue rub, broiled steak and black licorice infuse the wine. The Madrona Ranch components of the blend bring a vivid gravel and mineral graphite quality to the wine. Nuances of musk and clove of the Petit Verdot add intrigue to the nose. This wine has a deliciously layered texture on the entry, yet to me it also has the structure of a great first growth. As the "Cariad" ages, its aromas in particular become more and more complex, so we recommend a minimum of 5 to 7 years of aging in the cellar. The wine will then age for 20 or more years."

We released 350 cases of the 2008 "Cariad" in March 2012.

Climatic Conditions

The 2008 vintage was shaped by the La Nina weather pattern. We experienced just 60% of our average rainfall in the Napa Valley, and most of that rain came in the winter time and tapered off in mid March. Because of the dry spring, the dry soils prompted the vines to push their growth earlier than usual. This would set the stage for the remainder of the season. With a dry spring, vines naturally produced less fruit than average during bloom in May. Several heat events in the summer sped up the season but also helped to bring uniformity to the ripeness of the fruit, causing the berries to change color simultaneously. A heat wave at the beginning of September started the harvest off fast and furiously with Merlot and Syrah. Soon the weather cooled off, allowing the cabernet to ripen slowly and be picked at the end of September. Crops were quite tiny, but the results are elegant wines with great structure and concentration.

2007 captivating Inky, chocolate, cassis, herbal, exotic, luscious *

Character

captivating

High-Level Notes

Inky, chocolate, cassis, herbal, exotic, luscious

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"The 2007 'Cariad' blend is composed of 52% Cabernet, 28% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc all from Madrona Ranch and 8% Petit Verdot from Thorevilos vineyard. In order to make the best blend year after year, we rely on our French consultant, Alain Raynaud, to give us his thoughtful insight. Slowly and meticulously we construct the blend together.

The 2007 vintage of our "Cariad" blend is one of my favorites ever since the picking of the fruit. This blend reminds me of a Graves wine when I close my eyes. The gravelly notes jump out of the glass. Beneath the essences of the terroir, are juicy, savory aromas of grilled duck and grilled steak. Exotic spices of cardamom and coriander seed fragrance the nose. The tannin coats the palate with unctuous layers that are both broad and rich. This seductive wine possesses a huge amount of minerality, more than ever before. The lusciousness of the tannin makes it appealing upon release, but as always with this bold and intensely structured wine, we recommend a minimum of 5 years of aging."

We released 550 cases of the "Cariad" in March 2011.

Climatic Conditions

The 2007 vintage was defined by an exceptionally good growing season from beginning to end. The Napa Valley received just 60% of normal rainfall, encouraging our vines to begin bud break a week ahead of schedule. A mild spring followed, with several light rains that helped the vines to cope with the mild drought. Sunny, beautiful weather during bloom resulted in fruitful clusters that were uniform in size and maturity. A wonderfully moderate summer followed, with cooler than average temperatures, allowing for slow, even development of the berries. By late August, the berries were intensely pigmented and showing signs of outstanding quality. A short heat wave around Labor Day resulted in our earliest picking of Merlot ever at Colgin. But cool weather soon followed, allowing the Cabernet to hang longer, and to develop ripe tannins, at lower sugar levels, with great natural acidity. Overall, the 2007 vintage was truly a winemaker's dream. The wines are defined by their intense color, their deep aromatics, and their coating and supple tannins.

2006 classic Bing cherry, soy, black licorice, forest floor, dried herbs *

Character

classic

High-Level Notes

Bing cherry, soy, black licorice, forest floor, dried herbs

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"The 2006 'Cariad' blend is composed of 57% Cabernet, 25% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc from Madrona Ranch and 7% Petite Verdot from Thorevilos vineyard. In order to make the best blend year after year, we rely on our French consultant, Alain Raynaud, to give us his thoughtful insight. Slowly and meticulously we construct the blend together.

The 2006 vintage of our Cariad blend is a formidable wine. With big brooding aromas of grilled steak juices, roasted coffee grounds and tar, the wine certainly makes a big first impression. Given more time, one can begin to see that there is always more than meets the eye with our delicious Cariad blend. Fragrant aromas of spiced coffee cake, crushed rock and wet loamy earth come out as the wine is coaxed with air. The texture is both voluptuous and coating. The lusciousness of the tannin makes it appealing upon release, but as always with this bold and intensely structured wine, we recommend a minimum of 5 years of aging."

We released 600 cases of the 2006 "Cariad" in March 2010.

Climatic Conditions

The 2006 vintage began a bit slower than the average year. With a wetter winter, soils took longer to dry out, and vines began to wake up in April, several weeks later than usual. By early June, vines were making up time thanks to a beautifully moderate spring. A heat wave in July helped signal to the vines that summer had arrived, telling them to slow their growth, and begin the focus on ripening their fruit. A beautiful summer followed, and warmer temperatures in October helped to develop intense color and ripe, soft tannins. The 2006 vintage wines are all defined by their bright aromatics, fresh acidities, and great balance.

2005 energetic Provençal herbs, black olive, cool, sea breeze, supple *

Character

energetic

High-Level Notes

Provençal herbs, black olive, cool, sea breeze, supple

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Tasting Notes

While composing this blend of 55% Cabernet, 25% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc from Madrona Ranch and 9% Petite Verdot from Thorevilos vineyard, we looked to capture a truly Bordeaux style blend with California pedigree. In order to make the best blend year after year, we rely on our French consultant, Alain Raynaud, to give us his thoughtful insight. Slowly and meticulously we construct the blend together, and the 2005 vintage was no exception.

"The 2005 vintage of our left bank style 'Cariad' blend makes a formidable comparison to a true Bordeaux first growth. In a cooler vintage such as 2005, we truly experienced weather more comparable to that in Bordeaux, and I think that is reflected in the freshness and depth of this wine. The gravelly, fresh leather and mineral aromatics mimic those in one of my favorite wines of Pauillac, Chateau Latour. The 'Cariad' boasts more black fruit notes of sweet black cherries, black licorice, floral and honeysuckle, yet it also flirts with an elusive savory character you find in asian plum sauce and soy sauce. This vintage of 'Cariad' really showcases the balance between richness and elegance that you can achieve through careful winemaking and a "grand cru" type vineyard site. The fantastic texture of the wine is built mostly around its backbone, the 20 year old Cabernet vines at Madrona ranch. They portray deliciously unctuous tannin, with layers on layers of glycerol. The wine is remarkably plush and soft at this moment, yet it is an undeniably serious wine. The 2005 'Cariad' will improve with 3 to 5 years of cellar age, and will drink well for two to three decades."

We released 900 cases of 2005 Colgin "Cariad" in November 2008.

2004 provocative Anise, chocolate liqueur, charred meat, voluptuous *

Character

provocative

High-Level Notes

Anise, chocolate liqueur, charred meat, voluptuous

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Discover Now, Will Evolve (20+ Yr)
Tasting Notes

While composing the blend of 54% Cabernet, 28% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc from Madrona Ranch and 10% Petite Verdot from Thorevilos vineyard, we look to capture a truly Bordeaux style blend with California pedigree. In order to make the best blend year after year, we rely on our right bank consultant, Alain Raynaud, to give us his thoughtful insight. Slowly and meticulously we construct the blend together, and the 2004 vintage was no exception.

"Upon release I am impressed with how this wine unfolds to reveal a wealth of depth. This is the magic of a blend. The old cabernet vines from the Madrona Ranch vineyard make a superb backbone for the blend, both aromatically and texturally. When the blend reacts with air, it truly comes alive. Delicious aromas of smoked meats, roast duck, cedar, and rhubarb take over. From time to time, the wine opens up to even more layers of aromas like asian spices, soy sauce, tree bark and plum sauce. The fragrant perfume and acidity contributed by the Petit Verdot bring freshness to the wine as well as added aging potential. The 2004 "Cariad" is a deliciously plush and rich wine that is soft enough to drink now, but will continue to gain power over the next 25 years. The wine was aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months, without racking, and was bottled without fining or filtration in March 2006."

We released 600 cases of 2004 Colgin "Cariad" in November 2007.

2003 persistent Racy, fresh black cherry, asian spice, orange zest *

Character

persistent

High-Level Notes

Racy, fresh black cherry, asian spice, orange zest

Delicious Now, In Its 20 Yr Peak
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Discover Now, Will Evolve (20+ Yr)
Tasting Notes

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 2003 "Cariad" is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot. The word "cariad" means love in Welsh.

"We are pleased to present our fifth release of this Bordeaux inspired blend. Each year this blend gains power and finesse through our collective knowledge of previous 'Cariad' cuvees. Our focused blending methods amplify our components in the grand cuvee. This magical concentration of 'Cariad' emanates from the vineyard source which is now nineteen years old. We predict that the wine will continue to build complexity in the bottle for at least three decades.

The color and overall intensity of the 2003 'Cariad' is deeply pitched red to black. The wine has vibrant clarity which is achieved through proper ageing and precise blending techniques. Aromatics are vibrant and exotic with fresh tones of black cherries and black raspberries. The complexity of this wine moves further to include earthy, soil driven notes along with the exotic and often elusive aroma of blood orange oil. Across the palate, the mouth feel is pure richness framed by ripe, supple tannins and fine acid structure. The 2003 'Cariad' will continue to develop for decades or will drink well near term. "

We released 500 cases of 2003 Colgin "Cariad" in November 2006.

2002 duality Intense dark cherry, thyme, cracked pepper, savory, cumin *

Character

duality

High-Level Notes

Intense dark cherry, thyme, cracked pepper, savory, cumin

Delicious Now, In Its 20 Yr Peak
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Discover Now, Will Evolve (20+ Yr)
Tasting Notes

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 2002 "Cariad" is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot.

"Our fourth release of 'Cariad,' Colgin's rendition of a left bank Bordeaux blend, typifies the magical concentration which is omnipresent in all of the Colgin wines. The terroir driven aromatics and tactile textures result in a compelling wine. The vine age of nearly eighteen years contributes to the complexity. The components were all diligently hand sorted and fermented in small lots at Colgin's new, ultra-premium fermentation cellar. The largest component, Cabernet Sauvignon from Madrona Ranch, was kept on the grape skins for nearly two months resulting in a tannin profile that seemed to soften and benefit from the long vatting time.

This is the most deeply colored vintage of 'Cariad' to date. The wine has vibrant clarity and aromatics. Fresh tones of red skinned fruits such as raspberries and black cherries lead to earthy, soil driven notes. The wine is exotic and the often elusive aroma of blood orange oil can be found after the wine opens up over time. The mouth feel is pure richness framed by ripe, supple tannins and fine acid structure. The wine was bottled in April 2004 without fining or filtration and will improve for decades or drink well near term."

We released 500 cases of 2002 Colgin "Cariad" in November 2005.

2001 debonnaire Plum, tobacco, eucalyptus, cocoa, gravel, plush *

Character

debonnaire

High-Level Notes

Plum, tobacco, eucalyptus, cocoa, gravel, plush

Delicious Now, In Its 20 Yr Peak
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Discover Now, Will Evolve (20+ Yr)
Tasting Notes

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.

"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.

2000 luminous Red currant, tobacco, succulent, lifted *

Character

luminous

High-Level Notes

Red currant, tobacco, succulent, lifted

Delicious Now, In Its 20 Yr Peak
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Discover Now, Will Evolve (20+ Yr)
Tasting Notes

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!

Red currant, damson plum, graphite, lavender, orange rind, teriyaki and honeysuckle. The oak is perfectly integrated. Full bodied with a supple entry and a long finish. Lovely to drink right now, but will continue to age well. Drink now through 2016. Service: Serve straight from the bottle, with care to avoid stirring up the precipitates.

The 2000 "Cariad" is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc all from David Abreu's Madrona Ranch Vineyard and 5% Petit Verdot from Abreu's Thorevilos Vineyard, both in St. Helena. The word "cariad" means love in Welsh.

The second release of this cuvee reflects once again a high level of complexity and terroir driven nuisances. Saturated dark red color with a deep black hue, the aromas are of earth coupled with jammy, kirsch type high notes. The wine is layered and concentrated. Good acidity and solid tannins provide the wine with strong structure. The finish is long and luscious. The 2000 "Cariad" spent nearly 25 months in 100% new Taransaud barrels and was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

We released 650 cases of 2000 Colgin "Cariad" in November 2003.

1999 graceful Dried Plum, smoke, soy, black tea *

Character

graceful

High-Level Notes

Dried Plum, smoke, soy, black tea

Delicious Now, In Its 20 Yr Peak
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Discover Now, Will Evolve (20+ Yr)
Tasting Notes

The 1999 "Cariad" marks Colgin's first-ever bottling of a Bordeaux Style Blend. This "Cariad" is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, all from David Abreu's Madrona Ranch Vineyard and 5% Petit Verdot from Abreu's Thorevilos Vineyard, both in St. Helena. The word "cariad" means love in Welsh. Ann Colgin discovered this word after the wedding invitations for Catherine Zeta-Jones (a native of Wales) and Michael Douglas' nuptials were sent with the words "love" and "cariad" engraved on each side. The wine is hedonistic in its complexity.

Notes from the Estate:

A powerful nose of plum, black fruit, gravel, scorched earth, black pepper and smoky meats make this wine off the charts. Intense, yet soft, fruit tannins give this wine a very supple texture. Drink now through 2020. Service: Serve straight from the bottle, with care to avoid stirring up the precipitates.

The color is dark and saturating with a surprising clarity for an unfined, unfiltered wine produced in the Bordeaux style. This wine embodies that structure that has become the hallmark of Colgin wines: bright jammy fruit aromas and character combined with soft ripe tannins. Strong black cherry and raspberry aromas lead into a beautifully balanced wine experience featuring fresh blueberry jam and an earthy freshness reminiscent of some of the finest wines from the Paulliac region of Bordeaux. A hint of slightly sweet tobacco leaf comes through in the background due to the 26 months this wine spent in the 100% new Taransaud barrels. The inaugural release of this wine offers a seductive experience now while the long, silky finish reflects a sublime balance between this rich oak and the focused structure of the tannins that will age beautifully for at least two decades.

We released 450 cases of 1999 Colgin "Cariad" in November 2002.

“The wines of Colgin are full of power and finesse, a perfect marriage of the best qualities of the Napa Valley.”

John Kapon, Acker Merrall

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