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  • Country ranking ?

    172
  • Producer ranking ?

    40
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Filet with green peppercorn

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96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The potentially perfect 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon is a totally dry wine, but the sweetness and taste of this wine's fruit is akin to a savory blend of a chocolate-covered, blueberry/cassis-filled candy bar and vanilla ice cream melting in the mouth. This full-bodied wine is silky, seductive, opulent, voluptuously-textured, and extraordinarily fragrant, expansive, and rich. In spite of this, the wine remains graceful and well-balanced, without any sense of heaviness, or obtrusive tannin or acidity. I clearly underrated the 1994 from my earliest barrel tastings, but the last two times I have had it, from barrel immediately prior to bottling and in bottle, have persuaded me that this wine is one of the most exciting and remarkable young Cabernet Sauvignons I have tasted! It should drink well for another 25-30 years. Damn, I adore this wine! (RP

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The Story

Ann Colgin’s wines stand out as one of the most refined styles of wines produced in Napa Valley. They show distinctive purity of the ripe black fruits, refined tannin structure and extremely elegant flavor profiles. This wine makes no exception. The hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon from the Herb Lamb Vineyard, has been the hallmark wine of Colgin Cellars from its debut in 1992.

In early 1990s, Ann made a long-term contract with the vineyard owners, Jennifer and Herb Lamb, that she had an exclusive access
to the top vine rows of this small, 7.4 acre, vineyard lying on an elevation of 600 to 800 feet on well-drained rocky soils of St Helena.

In hands of the legendary Napa Valley winemaker Helen Turley, who was winemaker for Colgin Cellars 1992-1999,these terroir-driven grapes were transformed into a wine that
caught the eye of the powerful critics and Colgin’s fame as one of the top-rated producers was written.

Our winemaking philosophy has always been to express the true character of each unique vineyard site”, Ann Colgin explains.
The grapes are harvested during the night and go through three sortings,starting in the vineyards. The final sort takes place in the
winery, where 15 people will do the final grape by grape sorting before crushing the grapes. Moving the grapes, juice or wine is
done by gravity. The barrels, tanks and vinification equipment,along with the basket presses, are of the highest quality. Only the
finest neo-classical winemaking methods are used in concert with small yields, gentle handling, attentive sorting and meticulous
blending to capture the distinctive terroir characteristics of each Colgin wine.


We blend talent with terroir, tradition with technology and passion with precision to create wines with distinctive personalities
and a profound sense of place
.” Ann Colgin sums up.

While the Herb Lamb Cabernet Sauvignon was for a long time thebenchmark wine of Colgin, the saga came to an end in 2007,which was the final vintage Colgin made this hailed wine. The declining health of the twenty-year-old vineyard made it difficult to continue to maintain the high quality level displayed in all of the other Colgin wines.

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Wine Information

Big, explosive fruit aromatics: cherry, black plums, cassis, roasted coffee, tobacco leaf and bitter chocolate. Very rich and dense in the mouth. This wine has yet to reach its peak. Drink now through 2020. Service: Serve straight from the bottle, with care to avoid stirring up the precipitates. Food pairing: This wine pairs perfectly with lamb loin or rack of lamb. 

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Tasting note

color

Ruby red and Clear

ending

Medium, Round and Pure

flavors

Blueberry, Pepper, Smoky and Floral

nose

Youthful, Opulent and Ripe

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Well-Integrated, Developing, Medium-bodied, Harmonious, Dry and Silky tannins

Written Notes

(13.6% alcohol): Deep red. Aromas of truffle, game, licorice, flowers and dusty spices, plus a lightly vegetal character and an olive note. Bright and fine-grained in the mouth, with leather and game flavors to the fore. I find this a bit acidic, and the tannins betray a hint of dryness. In contrast to the Colgin 2004s that I tasted alongside this wine, the '94 has never really expanded in the bottle.

  • 91p

Medium-intense, ruby to brick red colour. Rich, ripe black fruits, blueberries, brambles, cassis, mocha, spicy toastiness, hints of mint. Explosive on palate with mouth-filling, supple tannins, vivid acidity and intense fruit. Lovely toasty and earthy flavours. Harmoniously long, focused, delicious roasted coffee flavours. – JL 95p (8/2010)

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Origin

St. Helena, Napa Valley

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

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