What a gift to be able to do a wine comparison. This Colgin is a bright dark ruby garnet color and a big nose filled with cherry-raspberry fruit musky scents of sandalwood, cedar, leather spice, stewed meat, eucalyptus and vanilla. A rich soft taste and full body flavors. Plum and dark berries hit the palate with pepper spices, mocha vanilla and a glycerine burn. Long finish of espresso chocolate, meats and tobacco giving an elegant feel and sophistication. Excited to see how it changes throughout the evening. A fav for sure! — 7 months ago
I followed this over two days. It was initially opened alongside a 2016 Maybach Materium, 2013 Kapscandy Roberta’s Reserve, 2002 Colgin Cariad and a 2006 Dalla Valle Maya.
Aside from BV’s Guest Cottage, this is the only wine from them I haven’t had. Sporting almost a 16%ABV, it poured like motor oil in to the glass. Thick, rich and heady aromatics. This has that classic high quality Napa cab smell to it...smells of expensive toasted oak, espresso, fondue dipped dark fruits, and spiced nutmeg. A meal by itself on the palate, this is a 2013 that is unsurprisingly massive and in need of food to cut through the tannins. Dark initially before it turns slightly red fruit forward at the finish...dark cocoa topped black cherries, espresso sweetness, and black currant. I’d hold at this point. Not sure a decant is doing much at this stage. — a year ago
Special double Celebration!
55th Birthday and engagement 😍💃🍾 — 9 days ago
Jammy…nice front side…gets a bit boring later… — 4 months ago
Colgin Jubilation — 8 months ago
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard emerges mostly from upper blocks on this site, a striking hillside that faces Colgin, where the steep exposure can yield wines of tremendous pedigree. That is exactly what comes through here. Inky red/purplish fruit, spice, rose petal, cedar and sweet pipe tobacco meld together effortlessly, with silky tannins that wrap it all up. Bold and luscious, but with tremendous nuance, the Melanson Cabernet is a total stunner in 2018. As I have written in the past, farming here has improved tremendously in recent years. This is another superb example of the quality that this site is capable of. Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown gave the 2018 a relatively short 10 days on the skins. I imagine he thought the site would take care of the rest. It's hard to argue with that. The 2018 is off the charts great. Don't miss it. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2021)
— a year ago
Fantastic yet again. As it evolves, get some menthol. Really special — 11 days ago
Need to try it — 5 days ago
Anniversary celebration...had to have some fun wines...its a 06 Harlan vs 06 Colgin battle tonight!
1 hour decant(decent sediment). A beguiling purplish garnet with some bricking. On the nose: subtle but expressive nose of dark cherry, tar, graphite, smoked meat, creme de cassis, floral. Taste: powerful but elegant with silky tannins, black raspberry, mocha, minerals, dark chocolate, and a long smokey cedar finish with a slight tannic kick. YUM..plenty of time to go. — 7 months ago