Colgin’s First Wine, “Herb Lamb”

From 1992 to 2007, we were fortunate to source fruit from the hallowed Herb Lamb vineyard, a north facing site located on the lower slopes of Howell Mountain. We diligently selected only the top seven rows to vinify for the Colgin “Herb Lamb” bottling. The wine from “Herb Lamb” vineyard is consistently about charm and perfume, with notes of blue fruits and mint.

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2007 magnetic Pure, chocolate, black cherries, graphite, unctuous *

Character

magnetic

High-Level Notes

Pure, chocolate, black cherries, graphite, unctuous

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Tasting Notes

"We couldn't be more thrilled that our final wine from the Herb Lamb Vineyard comes from such an outstanding vintage. In fact, the conditions in 2007 were absolutely ideal for this property. The long, moderate season gave us enough time to gently ripen the tannins, while still preserving the distinctive flavors that we come to expect from this vineyard.

The 2007 "Herb Lamb Vineyard" has an intense nose of licorice, chocolate mint and cassis. Nuances of forest floor and loamy earth bring terroir and character to the wine. On the palate, the tannins have a lovely coating quality, but are structured for long aging. The 2007 has perhaps the most silky tannins we've experienced at this stage in the wine's youth. Given the classic quality of the vintage, the wine will age for 20 to 30 years. We recommend a minimum of 5 years of cellaring to fully appreciate the wine."

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 sculpted Magnolia, soy, black licorice, grilled lamb, fine *

Character

sculpted

High-Level Notes

Magnolia, soy, black licorice, grilled lamb, fine

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Tasting Notes

"The 2006 vintage marked the second year that we had master viticulturalist, David Abreu, manage the 'Herb Lamb Vineyard' from beginning to end. Through skillful pruning and careful management of the vines and their fruit, we were able to produce grapes of extraordinary quality.

The 2006 'Herb Lamb Vineyard' has a dark, brooding nose of licorice, savory meats and blue fruits. Subtle nuances of toffee and orange zest flirt in and out of the nose. This wine has a broad entry, with full bodied tannins that are both fine grained and beautifully layered, a classic signature to this vintage. At release, this wine is just a baby, so a minimum of 5 years aging is recommended, yet the wine will last for 20 or more years.

The fruit was fermented with native yeast and macerated for a total of 36 days on the skins. After aging in all new French oak barrels in our cold barrel chais, the freshness of this wine was perfectly preserved as we bottled it in July 2008. "

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 mysterious Round, chocolate, leather, wet earth, smooth *

Character

mysterious

High-Level Notes

Round, chocolate, leather, wet earth, smooth

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Tasting Notes

The 2005 vintage marked the first year that we had master viticulturalist, David Abreu, manage the "Herb Lamb Vineyard" from beginning to end. Through skillful pruning and careful management of the vines and their fruit, we were able to produce the best quality grapes to date from this special vineyard. In order to achieve this, we thinned the fruit to record low levels, thus making for the tiniest release ever for this wine.

Winemaker notes from Allison Tauziet:

"From day one, the 2005 'Herb Lamb Vineyard' has been an incredibly fragrant wine in the making. With a beautiful ruby pitch, the wine shows an amazing concentration of flavors. Earthy notes of truffle and forest floor intermingle with brooding aromas of black fruits, resin, chocolate mint and smoked meats, making for a very seductive "Herb Lamb Vineyard." The wine is at once supple and rich, revealing great breadth across the palate. The softened texture of the tannin make this vintage of "Herb Lamb Vineyard" remarkably delicious at release, but this wine will undoubtedly improve with a minimum of 5 years of age, and last 20-25 years.

The fruit was fermented with indigenous yeast and macerated for a total of 52 days on the skins. After aging in all new French oak barrels in our cold barrel chais, the freshness of this wine was perfectly preserved as we bottled it without fining or filtration in June 2007."

2004 provocative Orange liqueur, tobacco, gravelly, chocolate mint, supple *

Character

provocative

High-Level Notes

Orange liqueur, tobacco, gravelly, chocolate mint, supple

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Tasting Notes

The 2004 vintage marks a new era in the "Herb Lamb Vineyard" for Colgin Cellars. Beginning mid summer of 2004, we brought in master viticulturalist, David Abreu, to take over management of our 14 row portion of the Lambs' vineyard. By retraining the vine canopy and significantly reducing our yields to historically low levels, we were able to produce a "Herb Lamb Vineyard" with incredible intensity. This is "Herb Lamb Vineyard" to the power of 10. The fruit was fermented with indigenous yeast and macerated for a total of 42 days, giving us a deeply extracted wine. After aging in all new French oak barrels in our cold barrel chais, the freshness of this wine was perfectly preserved as we bottled it without fining or filtration in March 2006.

Winemaker notes from Allison Tauziet:

"A richly organic nose of earth, cracked pepper and forest floor pervade the senses as lush fruit aromas of plum and ripe cherries breath in and out of the wine. On the palate this cabernet explodes with sweet, chalky layers of tannin. Because of the northeast facing slopes where they reside, the limited sun exposure allows the vines to produce fruit with true "vin de garde," or "wine to age," tannins. Upon release, the 'Herb Lamb Vineyard' will be a mere baby in the scheme of its life, so I am recommending a minimum additional cellar aging of 5 years before opening, and given its history, the wine will continue to soften as it ages gracefully over the next 15 to 25 years, if you can bear to keep it unopened for such time."

2003 undaunted Red licorice, baking spices, fresh, balanced, tempered *

Character

undaunted

High-Level Notes

Red licorice, baking spices, fresh, balanced, tempered

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Tasting Notes

"Proving once again that the Herb Lamb Vineyard site has something magical in the soils, we celebrate the twelfth vintage of this Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard has a unique northeast facing aspect which generally results in sunlight on the steep slopes from sunrise to early afternoon. In 2003 this was the last fruit we brought into our state-of-the-art winery and the long hang time resulted in a unique aromatic profile. The wine is deeply pitched red with a black center. With vibrant clarity and aromatics of black cherries and raspberries leading to earthy, terroir driven notes the profile moves to exotic spices and cured meats. The mouth feel is pure richness framed by ripe, supple tannins and a fine acid structure. As with all the wines from Colgin Cellars the 'Herb Lamb Vineyard' was bottled without fining or filtration. The 2003 vintage will have early appeal to some with its density of color and rich textures and to the collector who wishes for continued development with its age worthy tannins and good structure. "

2002 charismatic Raspberry, cocoa, multifaceted, velvety *

Character

charismatic

High-Level Notes

Raspberry, cocoa, multifaceted, velvety

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Tasting Notes

"The long-standing relationship that Colgin Cellars has with growers Herb and Jennifer Lamb is the foundation of this magical Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2002 vintage will be remembered for many great things: the ease at which the harvest progressed, cool nights and the long maturation time for the vines, all of which combined to produce some of the most complex Herb Lamb grapes in recent history.

The Herb Lamb Vineyard has a unique northeast facing aspect which generally results in sunlight on the steep slopes from sunrise to early afternoon. In 2002 'Herb Lamb Vineyard' was the last Cabernet vineyard harvested by Colgin resulting in long "hang time" and uniquely aromatic wines. 2002 represents the eleventh vintage of this single vineyard wine and the first 'Herb Lamb Vineyard' produced at our new state of the art winery.

The color and overall intensity of this Cabernet is a deeply pitched red with a black center. The wine has vibrant clarity which is the tell-tale sign of a great vintage. Aromatics are also vibrant with a fresh tone of red skinned fruits such as cherries and raspberries leading to earthy, soil driven notes. Exotic spices and barbecue meats can also be found in this complex and enticing wine. The mouth feel is pure richness framed by ripe, supple tannins and a fine acid structure. The wine was bottled with no fining or filtration and will drink well near term or continue to develop with bottle aging."

2001 driven Black cherry, cracked pepper, cassis, persistent *

Character

driven

High-Level Notes

Black cherry, cracked pepper, cassis, persistent

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Tasting Notes

"Our celebratory tenth vintage of Colgin "Herb Lamb Vineyard" provides outstanding complexity for a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Like all of our 2001 wines the color saturation is nearly black on center. With a youthful red edge, these color descriptors indicate a ripe and complex vintage. Characterized by enticing aromas of red cherries set in a floral bouquet of intermingling jammy essences of berry fruits, the wine is reminiscent of a hedonistic, ripe California vintage. There is no shortage of ripe, sweet tannins intermixed with glycerin top notes. The wine was aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels for nearly nineteen months until we achieved the "elevage" indicative of the signature richness of the Colgin wines. Bottled carefully without fining or filtration, we feel that this wine will drink beautifully in three to five years and age gracefully for up to twenty years."

Production levels from this vineyard are small. A selective replanting process instigated by vineyard owner Herb Lamb coupled with meticulous sorting of the fruit yielded a limited production.

2000 stately Dried plum, potpourri, succulent, sea breeze, silky *

Character

stately

High-Level Notes

Dried plum, potpourri, succulent, sea breeze, silky

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Tasting Notes

Candied nose, with ripe cherries and a sweet caressing palate, that ought to be enjoyed sooner than later. Drink now through 2012. Service: Serve straight from the bottle, with care to avoid stirring up the precipitates. Food Pairing: Paul suggests pairing with ham or turkey, perhaps making it a great wine for Thanksgiving!

The 2000 Colgin "Herb Lamb Vineyard" is the ninth vintage we have produced from this steep north-facing hillside vineyard in St. Helena. The wine is reminiscent of a classic, ripe vintage in Bordeaux. It possesses good structure and a long finish with evidence of ripe integrated tannins. Sweet fruit intermingles with earthiness and floral notes to give the wine captivating aromas. The acidity is in balance for the vintage and will carry the aging process for those prefer to drink this wine with more secondary aging notes. The 2000 vintage spent nearly 25 months in 100% new Taransaud barrels and was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Production levels from this vineyard are small. A selective replanting process instigated by vineyard owner Herb Lamb coupled with meticulous sorting of the fruit yielded a limited production.

1999 lovely Sappy, floral, red plum, creamy, soft *

Character

lovely

High-Level Notes

Sappy, floral, red plum, creamy, soft

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Tasting Notes

Smoky, volcanic quality, tar, graphite, damson plum, gamey and meaty. This dark wine has chunkier tannins and greater barrel toast elements, which are quite well integrated. Though enjoyable now, we expect it will be even better in 5 years and beyond. Drink now through 2025. Service: We recommend decanting this wine 2 hours ahead of time at a temperature of 55 to 65F. Food Pairing: Lamb with raspberry.

The 1999 vintage of Colgin "Herb Lamb Vineyard" is the smallest to date. A selective replanting process instigated by vineyard owner Herb Lamb coupled with meticulous sorting of the fruit yielded an extremely limited production from this vintage. A moderate growing season, coupled with a low yield produced a level of ripeness revealed in the 14.8% alcohol and high level of saturated black color. Elements of high-tone black skinned fruits intermingle with an essence of fresh earth and even a hint of white pepper, tobac and exotic spices. This cuvee was aged for 26 months in 100% new Taransaud barrels, thus elevating the bouquet to the signature Colgin level of complexity. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in late November 2001, we think that with a careful bottle aging regime this wine will continue to age and build complexity for at least two decades.

1998 mature Iron, black olive, floral, and plum *

Character

mature

High-Level Notes

Iron, black olive, floral, and plum

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Tasting Notes

A difficult vintage makes this wine have a lighter nose of herbs, sour cherry, plum, cigar and spice. Drink now. Service: Serve straight from the bottle, with care to avoid stirring up the precipitates.

1997 seductive Dark blackberry, chocolate, luxurious *

Character

seductive

High-Level Notes

Dark blackberry, chocolate, luxurious

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Tasting Notes

Dense and rich nose, with roasted coffee, plum jam and cherry compote. Hugely extracted mouthfeel with a "mammoth of a finish," says Paul. Drink now through 2025. Service: Serve straight from the bottle, with care to avoid stirring up the precipitates.

1996 refined Perfume, blueberry, forest air, seamless *

Character

refined

High-Level Notes

Perfume, blueberry, forest air, seamless

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Tasting Notes

Young and intense nose with blackberry, dark cherry, plum, toast and a cool mint top note. Tighter grained tannins imply it will continue to improve and round out in the bottle. Drink now through 2022. Service: Serve straight from the bottle, with care to avoid stirring up the precipitates. Food Pairing: Braised meats.

1995 lively Plummy, dark, vivid, sensuous, seamless *

Character

lively

High-Level Notes

Plummy, dark, vivid, sensuous, seamless

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Tasting Notes

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.

1994 tailored Cassis, violets, talc, silky *

Character

tailored

High-Level Notes

Cassis, violets, talc, silky

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Tasting Notes

Big, explosive fruit aromatics: cherry, black plums, cassis, roasted coffee, tobacco leaf and bitter chocolate. Very rich and dense in the mouth. This wine has yet to reach its peak. Drink now 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.

1993 transluscent Vibrant, blueberry, earth, suave *

Character

transluscent

High-Level Notes

Vibrant, blueberry, earth, suave

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Tasting Notes

Dried cranberry, plum, fennel, tobacco and spicy oak notes on the nose along with the tight grained tannins give this wine a Bordeaux-like feel. The wine is showing beautifully right now, perhaps at its peak. Drink now through 2014. Service: Serve straight from the bottle, with care to avoid stirring up the precipitates. Food Pairing: Filet with green peppercorn.

1992 timeless Raspberry, floral, refined, silky, gliding *

Character

timeless

High-Level Notes

Raspberry, floral, refined, silky, gliding

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Tasting Notes

Colgin's debut wine is holding up remarkably well with aromas of plum, graphite, wet earth, dried currant and leather saddle. Wonderful integration of tannins, good medium acid and a very long finish. Drink now through 2012. Service: Because of the delicate nose, serve straight from the bottle, with care to avoid stirring up the precipitates.

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