Colgin Cariad 2005 750ml

Colgin Cariad 2005

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This vintage of Cariad really showcases the balance between richness and elegance that you can achieve through careful winemaking and a "grand cru" type vineyard site. The fantastic texture of the wine is built mostly around its backbone, the 20 year old Cabernet vines at Madrona ranch. They portray deliciously unctuous tannin, with layers on layers of glycerol. The wine is remarkably plush and soft at this moment, yet it is an undeniably serious wine. The 2005 Cariad will improve with 3 to 5 years of cellar age, and will drink well for two to three decades.
Wine Advocate
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There are 900 cases of the 2005 Cariad, the first vintage that Allison Tauziet worked at Colgin. A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the wine seems to have the most complexity of all the 2005s, with notes of subtle menthol intermixed with blueberry, black currant, cedar, spice box, a hint of chocolate, and scorched earth. Very complex aromatics are followed by an equally compelling wine in the mouth. Full-bodied, with beautiful integration of acidity, tannin, wood, and alcohol, this is a beauty that is already drinking well but can last 20-25 more years.

Robert Parker, December 2007
Wine Enthusiast
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Cariad is an interesting Bordeaux blend, the '05 consisting of Cab Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. It feels a little tentative now, as if the components are still learning how to mesh. There's a shy, tannic quality to the cherry, currant, chocolate and plum flavors, and a glyceriney mouthfeel that makes the wine slippery smooth. Give it a few years of cellaring, and it should perform well through 2017, at least.

Steve Heimoff, June 1, 2008
Wine Spectator
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Ripe and intense, with firm, minerally tannins that have a dry, dusty edge wrapped about the earthy dried currant and black cherry fruit that's deep and concentrated, ending with a long, persistent finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2010 through 2017. 900 cases made.

James Laube, October 31, 2008