Colgin

Cariad Napa Valley Red Blend

9.5373 ratings
9.374 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc
Top Notes For
LM Segal

An alluring and complete Cariad, menthol and loamy earth nose led liquid leather, sweet red fruit and fine tannins to a long, pervasive finish. Gravitas, Bordeaux vibe. With min decant this fell off a tad after 2 hrs suggesting (at least this bottle) time to drink up!

An alluring and complete Cariad, menthol and loamy earth nose led liquid leather, sweet red fruit and fine tannins to a long, pervasive finish. Gravitas, Bordeaux vibe. With min decant this fell off a tad after 2 hrs suggesting (at least this bottle) time to drink up!

Jun 11th, 2022
Rob Brobst III

Perfection

Perfection

Jul 18th, 2020
Dr. Owen Bargreen

Every bit dazzling even at the four year mark, the 2016 Colgin ‘Cariad’ Red Wine (WWB, 97) is a massively dense wine that embodies tremendous verve and shows a seamless texture. Every working part of this wine (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot) creates not only complexity but a harmonious effect once on the palate. You are greeted immediately with the pillowy mouthfeel upon the attack. Layers of dark currants, tobacco leaf, red bell pepper, anise and chocolate cake all come together marvelously on the palate. This beautiful wine is delightfully hedonistic now but will cellar well for decades to come. If enjoying in its youth, be sure to give this beauty at least a two hour decant, as the wine evolved considerably after extensive air time. Drink 2022-2040- 97

Every bit dazzling even at the four year mark, the 2016 Colgin ‘Cariad’ Red Wine (WWB, 97) is a massively dense wine that embodies tremendous verve and shows a seamless texture. Every working part of this wine (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot) creates not only complexity but a harmonious effect once on the palate. You are greeted immediately with the pillowy mouthfeel upon the attack. Layers of dark currants, tobacco leaf, red bell pepper, anise and chocolate cake all come together marvelously on the palate. This beautiful wine is delightfully hedonistic now but will cellar well for decades to come. If enjoying in its youth, be sure to give this beauty at least a two hour decant, as the wine evolved considerably after extensive air time. Drink 2022-2040- 97

May 30th, 2020
Matt

Blend of Thorveilos, Madrona Ranch (1986 Old Vine component), Lucia. Opaque, almost black with a ruby hue. Nose is expressive with ripe black fruits, layered with currant, overripe black berry and plum. Despite its richness there’s considerable non-fruit present, cedar, espresso, tar, violets, wet slate. Muscular, brooding if you will. Very dense, high tannin that envelope. Again black pushing blue fruit, graphite espresso and warm spices. The oak impact comes through on the finish, it is lengthy and departs toffee. Notes from 9.7.18

Blend of Thorveilos, Madrona Ranch (1986 Old Vine component), Lucia. Opaque, almost black with a ruby hue. Nose is expressive with ripe black fruits, layered with currant, overripe black berry and plum. Despite its richness there’s considerable non-fruit present, cedar, espresso, tar, violets, wet slate. Muscular, brooding if you will. Very dense, high tannin that envelope. Again black pushing blue fruit, graphite espresso and warm spices. The oak impact comes through on the finish, it is lengthy and departs toffee. Notes from 9.7.18

Sep 11th, 2019
Shay A
9.6

Today was an absolutely fantastic Friday hosting at the City Club by @Dan Fitzgerald. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine. Great job Dan!

The fourth of four Colgin’s served blind. My co-favorite. From the get-go, it was super concentrated, herbal, savory and just a hint of black fruit. Almost chewy in how dense it was. Smoky charcoal, wild herbs, cassis, and truffled blackberries. Still quite dry and tannic, even with the long decant. My initial, and final, guess was Colgin Syrah. Loved it.

Today was an absolutely fantastic Friday hosting at the City Club by @Dan Fitzgerald. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine. Great job Dan!

The fourth of four Colgin’s served blind. My co-favorite. From the get-go, it was super concentrated, herbal, savory and just a hint of black fruit. Almost chewy in how dense it was. Smoky charcoal, wild herbs, cassis, and truffled blackberries. Still quite dry and tannic, even with the long decant. My initial, and final, guess was Colgin Syrah. Loved it.

Jul 20th, 2019
Shay A
9.4

Today was an absolutely fantastic Friday hosting at the City Club by @Dan Fitzgerald. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine. Great job Dan!

The first of four Colgin’s served blind. Youthful notes abound here. More herbal on the nose when compared to the more fruit driven palate. Mostly a mix of black cherries, pomegranate, rhubarb tart and black pepper spice at the finish. I went back and forth with my guesses from Grenache, to pinot, to Syrah and couldn’t land on one. Delicious right now.

Today was an absolutely fantastic Friday hosting at the City Club by @Dan Fitzgerald. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine. Great job Dan!

The first of four Colgin’s served blind. Youthful notes abound here. More herbal on the nose when compared to the more fruit driven palate. Mostly a mix of black cherries, pomegranate, rhubarb tart and black pepper spice at the finish. I went back and forth with my guesses from Grenache, to pinot, to Syrah and couldn’t land on one. Delicious right now.

Jul 20th, 2019
Charles Antin

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

9.4

100 points WA but surprisingly not over the top as I expected.

100 points WA but surprisingly not over the top as I expected.

Jan 27th, 2019
Ron R
9.2

This is not quite ready. Vegetal, with bell peppers. 10 years in, I think the dye is cast.
My stunning wife...

This is not quite ready. Vegetal, with bell peppers. 10 years in, I think the dye is cast.
My stunning wife...

Dec 2nd, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.6

Deep purplish ruby red. Lush nose of cinnamon, brown sugar and dark berries. Still a baby with heavy tannins (8/10) and full bodied. A bit of iron and minerality on the palate with a touch of blackberries. Needs some time to open up. Drink till 2045.

Thanks Russell!!

Deep purplish ruby red. Lush nose of cinnamon, brown sugar and dark berries. Still a baby with heavy tannins (8/10) and full bodied. A bit of iron and minerality on the palate with a touch of blackberries. Needs some time to open up. Drink till 2045.

Thanks Russell!!

May 12th, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

Every time I've had this bottle it's been a revelation. It's just everything you want from Napa.

Every time I've had this bottle it's been a revelation. It's just everything you want from Napa.

Oct 15th, 2017