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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.
The 2011 "Cariad" takes full advantage of the vintage by pulling from the unique sites we farm for this wine. From Madrona Ranch we capture the brightness and beauty of the aromatics from the early season. From Thorevilos and Howell Mountain we capture the density and richness of later maturing sites. Coupled together they form more than just the sum of their parts, creating a 2011 "Cariad" that is brimming with purity, freshness and density. Concentrated aromas of dark cherry, licorice, and grilled meat jump from the glass. Beautiful notes of incense, chocolate and orange peel flirt in and out of the dark core of fruit. An amazing amount of minerality comes through in this wine, with notes of cobble, iron, wet stone, and forest floor. The texture of the 2011 "Cariad" is true to its classic profile every vintage. The wine is layered with silky, luscious, almost oily tannin. This dense, palate coating wine is deep in color and long on the finish. Supported by its natural acidity and the fine polish of the tannins, this is the Colgin wine for decades of aging.