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  • Country ranking ?

    293
  • Producer ranking ?

    64
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Game

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The Story

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.

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The 2003 “Cariad” is dark in color and profile, with fresh tones of black cherries and black raspberries. Earth aromas add additional complexity to this wine, as forest floor and exotic spice intermingle with the fruit. Across the palate, the texture is pure richness, framed by ripe, supple tannins and elegant acidity that draws one back for another sip.

The unpredictable nature of the 2003 growing season began with a series of heat events in March, proceeded by a wet April. A long, cool summer allowed a beautiful evolution of flavor in the fruit, ahead of sugar accumulation. Heat returned in September, spurring harvest forward after many expected a late year. The 2003 vintage emerged with tremendous character and longevity after several challenges.

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St. Helena, Napa Valley
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