2007 Colgin Cariad Proprietary Red

Year: 2007
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 100
Vinous Media: 95
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"Dense, chewy and extracted, rich and layered, with tightly wound blackberry, melted black licorice, new leather, shoe polish and herbal notes that are expansive and gain traction on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2012 through 2020. 550 cases made." (WS)

"There are 550-cases of the perfect 2007 Cariad (original rating was 99), a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. One of northern California’s watershed vintages for Bordeaux varietals, according to Allison Tauziet, this wine revealed great potential from the day the first grapes were crushed. It possesses a dense purple color, massive fruit, soft but high tannin, and a structural profile somewhat similar to the 2002. There appears to be more underlying minerality in the 2007, but the sweetness of the tannin, the enormous concentration of fruit (blackberry, blueberry, cherry) intermixed with graphite, chocolate, coffee and crushed rock characteristics is striking. This is a compelling, even prodigious wine that hits all the palate’s sweet spots, possesses phenomenal upside potential, and is a modern day legend in the making. Approachable now because of its flawlessness and seamless characteristics, it should drink well for three decades or more." (WA)

"($290; a blend of 52% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot, 12% petit verdot and 8% cabernet franc) Saturated, deep ruby-red. Brighter and tighter on the nose than the Tychson Hill, offering aromas of black raspberry and licorice. Then wonderfully sweet and lush in the mouth, with harmonious acidity framing and intensifying the flavors of cassis, violet, licorice and minerals. Seems to grow in density toward the back, finishing with a building chocolatey character and very suave, sweet tannins." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
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, 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.

Winemaker notes from Allison Tauziet:

"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."