Colgin Cariad 2006 750mL
2006 Colgin - Wine Advocate #180 - Dec 2008: Colgins proprietary red wine blend, the 2006 Cariad, is composed of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It exhibits notes of white chocolate, bay leaf, unsmoked, high class cigar tobacco, and tremendous intensity. The complex aromatics are followed by a full-bodied wine with stunning concentration, richness, and length as well as a personality not dissimilar from a top-notch Bordeaux. While the fruit is clearly Napa grown, the structure suggests a French Medoc. This 2006 will benefit from several more years of bottle age, and should keep for three decades or more. Colgin is one of the reference points for just what heights mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux varietals, and more recently, Syrah, can achieve in Napa Valley. This beautiful estate and winery overlooking Lake Hennessey is owned by Joe Wender and his wife, Ann Colgin (equally renowned for her auctioneering skills), who are assisted by David Abreu, the well-known Bordeaux wine consultant, Dr. Alain Raynaud, and Allison Tauziet, who has skillfully replaced the brilliant Mark Aubert. As the scores and tasting notes suggest, this was an exceptional tasting. Colgins 2006s are among the finest wines produced in the vintage.