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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2019 soulful Black currant, dark chocolate, polished, poignant *

Character

soulful

High-Level Notes

Black currant, dark chocolate, polished, poignant

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The 2019 “Cariad” bears a soulful mark of the land, with the polish and esteem of pristine fruit. A bevy of dark fruit flavors like blackberry, cherry, and black currant are woven together with generous notes of earth and spice. Commanding aromatics make way to reveal a wine loaded with the succulence of a tender cut of meat. Finely polished tannins melt across the palate as dark chocolate and herbal notes of mint build into the finish. Both classic and modern, the 2019 “Cariad” is a poignant example of the charm of this sophisticated vintage.

Climatic Conditions

The 2019 growing season paralleled the moderate season of 2018, with several, key elements distinguishing it both at the beginning and the end. An abundance of rainfall came in the winter of 2019 and continued into early May. Vines thrived under such verdant growing conditions. Enhancing the airflow of the vine by spacing out the shoots and adjusting leaves in the late spring was an important yet laborious element for success in 2019. Nature yielded vines with an abundant crop, a result of the extra soil moisture and nutrients. We adjusted crop size using strict criteria for cluster thinning to bring the vines into balance.

A peaceful summer ensued, leading us into ideal ripening conditions throughout September. In early October, a sequence of very cold nights downshifted the pace of ripening, just as the days were shortening. Harvest took place during the middle two weeks of October. The cold nights and cooler days captured freshness, infusing intensity of both flavor and perfume into the wines. Seamless tannins and a strikingly gliding texture define the wines of the 2019 vintage. Though not lacking for structure, the wines are complete in their youth, making for undeniable, immediate enjoyment. Patience in the cellar will only highlight their soaring aromatics, as the palpable fruit integrates with the more subtle savory character.

2018 regal Licorice candy, flower blossom, expansive, finessed, long *

Character

regal

High-Level Notes

Licorice candy, flower blossom, expansive, finessed, long

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The 2018 "Cariad" has a regal, stately character with notes of classic dark fruits and earth. Notes of plum, licorice candy, and forest floor permeate the senses along with gentle hints of floral blossoms. The wine’s expansive palate is supported by magnificent tannins and a finish bursting with flavor. The 2018 vintage of “Cariad” is brimming with energy and finesse.

Climatic Conditions

The 2018 growing season in Napa Valley will be remembered for its mild weather throughout the year. The dormant season of winter, however, began with an unusually dry spell. Half of the rain we received did not arrive until after March 1st. A modest 20 inches in total, slightly below our average. By mid-April, the rains ceased and a contented season in the vineyard unfolded. Perhaps the biggest challenge to the entire season was the burgeoning grasses on the vineyard floor, a sign of the healthy soils.

Weather in May was cool, giving us moderate growth of the vines. A few sprinkles of rain occurred at the tail end, causing some flowers to shatter during bloom, resulting in looser clusters at harvest. Temperatures for the remainder of the season were incredibly mild. Much like 2013 and 2016, there was only 1 day over 100 degrees at the IX Estate for the entire year.

The first fruit was harvested the last week in September and was followed by a rain event in the first days of October. Drying winds coupled with our timely removal of leaves enhanced airflow around the clusters. After a one week pause, we began harvesting once again the second week of October. The photogenic clusters harvested in 2018 had dark blue plump berries rich in flavor.

The wines of this vintage are classic and pure, with a spectrum of flavor and are aromatically pixelated. They exhibit an intellectual character which displays distinct moods with time in the glass. Counter to some vintages, the 2018’s transform from savory aromatics into deeply fruity aromatics rather than vice versa. As they open, their well-defined, firm tannins evolve into a very full, velvety texture.

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 imbue the wine with a pensive quality. On the palate, the wine’s density and full texture of broad tannins evoke a strong similarity to recent vintages. Bolstered by the heightened acidity of 2017, freshness and longevity abound in this vintage of “Cariad.”

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 2016 “Cariad” gains momentum as it builds layers across the palate, finishing with extraordinary persistence.

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 in the wine’s vibrancy and concentration. Dark fruits, like blackberry and juicy plum, layer with notes of pain grillé and charcoal. Mineral, wet stone, and forest floor guide the character of the wine, emphasizing the earth tones. 2015 highlights not only the ripe fruits, but also the gorgeous elements of the stones at this site. On the palate, the tannins coat the mouth with tremendous breadth. In 2015, we find structure and texture paired seamlessly.

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 2014 “Cariad” is captivating in its balance of subtlety and exoticism. Melted black licorice, ripe blueberry, and plum seduce on the nose. Notes of hibiscus and citrus blossom add freshness lift to this wine. Accentuated by faint notes of fennel seed, shitake, and cedar, the 2014 “Cariad” envelops your senses. Lingering aromas continue onto the palate, where bright acidity leads smoothly textured mouthfeel.

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 a broad spectrum of flavors. Starting with deep, dark notes of ripe plum and black cherry, the nose quickly leans into more earth-driven aromas. Forest floor, cinnamon stick, and cardamom layer in with the cooling scent of black licorice. The 2013 “Cariad” expresses an elixir of spices, earth, and complexity. The depth of flavor continues onto the palate as tannins envelop with refined abundance. Broad, ripe, and layered, this is a “Cariad” for the ages.

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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The 2012 “Cariad” displays an exotic blend of lush ripe fruits and savory spices. The wine contains pure aromas of plum, licorice, and dark currants interwoven with cardamom and barbecue rub. Ethereal, purple floral notes present themselves in the glass, with hints of gravel and wet stone bringing gravitas. The wine is at once elegant and indulgent. The palate is luxurious with seductively textured tannins. Complex and mouthwatering, the 2012 “Cariad” offers the pedigree of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines of the world and will be an exceedingly long-lived vintage.

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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The 2011 “Cariad” is brimming with purity, freshness, and richness. Concentrated aromas of bright cherry, licorice, and grilled meat give way to notes of incense, chocolate, and orange peel. An amazing amount of minerality comes through in this wine with notes of cobble, iron, wet stone, and forest floor. The wine is layered with silky, almost oily, delectable tannins. This complex, palate-enveloping wine is deep in color with a long finish. Supported by its natural acidity and the fine polish of the tannins, the 2011 “Cariad” will age with a more graceful, elegant tone.

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 “Cariad” has a dazzling nose with aromas of licorice, violets, and orange blossoms. Dark berry scents combine with cracked peppercorn and a gravelly minerality, bringing an inviting quality to this wine. “Cariad” always has a richly textured palate, and the 2010 vintage is no exception. The richness and concentration of the vintage belies the tannins, making the wine’s bold structure feel smooth and velvety. This vintage of “Cariad” may be cellared for a generation.

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 “Cariad” is replete with dark black cherry, meaty barbecue, and curry spices that reveal themselves after the initial notes of mineral, talc, and gravel subside. The texture is decadent, nearly oily, with a refined structure and bright acidity. Rich and introspective, the 2009 “Cariad” has tremendous stamina on the palate and a long, lingering finish. The 2009 “Cariad” is just beginning to reveal its true magic after its first decade.

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” is decidedly savory, with aromas of black licorice, dried spices, and seared meat. Nuances of musk and clove add intrigue to the nose. The ancient riverbed on which the wine is grown brings a gravel and graphite mineral quality to the wine. Deliciously layered in texture on the palate, the well-defined structure here is what makes this vintage stand out. As “Cariad” ages, its aromas become more and more complex, and the 2008 will age for twenty or more years.

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 gravelly notes of the 2007 “Cariad” immediately jump from the glass yet are quickly overtaken by exotic spices of cardamom and coriander seed. Savory aromas of grilled meat and herbs lie just beneath the surface. The tannins envelop the palate with broad and rich layers. The 2007 “Cariad” is seductive, with a stunning profusion of minerality. The structure and richness of the tannins guarantee that the wine will age gracefully for over twenty years.

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” is grandiose on first impression, with aromas of grilled meat, roasted coffee, and tar. As the wine opens, fragrances of spice cake, crushed rock, and wet, loamy earth unfurl. The texture is voluptuous and enveloping, as complexity of the tannins builds to create a bold and intensely structured wine. The 2006 “Cariad” continues in its persistence and will do so for another two to three decades.

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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The 2005 “Cariad” is formidable, a result of the cooler weather experienced in 2005, which is expressed in the freshness and depth of this wine. This wine boasts more black fruit notes of sweet, black cherries and black licorice, while hinting at a unique, savory character reminiscent of Asian plum sauce and soy. The gravelly minerality and deep leather aromas exemplify the breeding of this world-class site. The 2005 “Cariad” perfectly showcases the balance between richness and elegance and its fantastic texture is captured by deliciously soft and layered tannins, resulting in an undeniably serious wine. The 2005 “Cariad” will continue to drink well for three decades plus.

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

Character

provocative

High-Level Notes

Anise, chocolate liqueur, charred meat, voluptuous

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The 2004 “Cariad” reveals a wealth of depth, a result of a well-crafted blend. The older vine Cabernet provides a superb backbone, both aromatically and texturally, for this wine. Aromas of rhubarb and plum sauce slowly reveal hidden Asian spices, cedar, and soy. The fragrant perfume and acidity from Petit Verdot bring freshness and a well-rounded structure to the wine. The 2004 “Cariad” offers undeniable richness, making it pleasurable to drink now or after further cellaring.

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

Character

persistent

High-Level Notes

Racy, fresh black cherry, asian spice, orange zest

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Tasting Notes

The 2003 “Cariad” is dark in color and profile, with fresh tones of black cherries and black raspberries. Earth aromas add additional complexity to this wine, as forest floor and exotic spice intermingle with the fruit. Across the palate, the texture is pure richness, framed by ripe, supple tannins and elegant acidity that draws one back for another sip.

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

Character

duality

High-Level Notes

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

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The 2002 “Cariad” is deeply colored and vibrant in the clarity of its aromatics. The elusive complexity and tactile nature of the palate result in a compelling wine with vibrant clarity and aromatics. Fresh notes of raspberries and Bing cherries lead to earthy, soil-driven notes. Exotic notes of blood orange oil can be found with time in the glass. The texture is pure richness, with ripe tannins, and a fine acid structure. The 2002 “Cariad” will age gracefully for decades.

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

Character

debonnaire

High-Level Notes

Plum, tobacco, eucalyptus, cocoa, gravel, plush

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The 2001 growing season reigned supreme, providing grapes that were very ripe and deeply colored. This vintage of “Cariad” exudes uplifting aromatics of orange rind and exotic spices, such as tamarind and clove. The 2001 “Cariad” further encapsulates the vintage with seamless, velvety, rich, almost chocolate-like tannins, and a wonderful ripeness. This vintage of “Cariad” hedonistic in its complexity, yet the balance of the wine will carry it for the long-term in the cellar.

2000 luminous Red currant, tobacco, succulent, lifted *

Character

luminous

High-Level Notes

Red currant, tobacco, succulent, lifted

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The 2000 “Cariad” offers complexity and earth-driven nuance. Saturated ruby in color, aromas of red currant, plum, and orange rind blossom. With time in the glass, soil and ripe kirsch slowly unfold. The wine is layered and concentrated, with good acidity and solid tannins. The 2000 “Cariad” drank well in its youth and continues to display the structure that helps it age for an additional twenty years.

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

Character

graceful

High-Level Notes

Dried Plum, smoke, soy, black tea

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Tasting Notes

The 1999 “Cariad” marked Colgin’s first bottling of a Cabernet-based blend from this gravelly site in the hills west of Saint Helena. A powerful nose of plum, gravel, and black pepper immediately entice the senses. Strong black cherry and raspberry aromas with a hint of sweet tobacco leaf combine to create a beautifully balanced wine. Concentrated yet soft fruit tannins give this wine a voluptuous texture. The 1999 “Cariad” offers a seductive experience with a long silky finish and persistent structure, ensuring the wine will continue to age beautifully.

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

John Kapon, Acker Wines, Chairman

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Cariad was crafted from the rocky hillsides overlooking the rich heart of Napa Valley. See how this unique landscape shaped this distinct offering.

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