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.
Cariad, the Welsh word for “love”, is a Bordeaux-style red wine blended from three outstanding vineyards owned and managed by David Abreu. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc from Madrona Ranch are blended with small amounts of fruit from Thorevilos and Howell Mountain, producing a wine of enormous proportions with a classic structure that is the Colgin hallmark: a plethora of vibrant aromas, voluptuous at mid-palate, with impeccable balance and an exceptionally long finish. A wine as seductive as its name.
Ann Colgin, a former fine art dealer, began her label in 1992, and it quickly became one of the most sought-after names in Napa. Winemaking duties were originally handled by Helen Turley, then Mark Aubert in 1999. Production of the Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard is very small, with only about 350 cases produced each vintage. As with most of the world's truly great wines, Colgin's philosophy revolves around low yields and meticulous care of the fruit in the vineyard, winery and transportation between the two.