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  • Country ranking ?

    171
  • Producer ranking ?

    39
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Rack of lamb

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98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I realize perfection in wine, like perfection in anything, is in the eyes of the beholder, and there are those who believe perfection is simply unobtainable. But in my mind, the 1996 and 1995 come close to perfection. Why? First of all, these extraordinary expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon are awesomely concentrated and endowed, while at the same time elegant and amazingly harmonious. The equilibrium between the wines' component parts - new oak, alcohol, tannin, acidity, and extract - is right on, with nothing out of place. The 1996 and 1995 could be mistaken for identical twins, although close examination reveals that the 1995 has a slightly firmer tannic edge, and the 1996 slightly lower acidity. However, both possess Colgin's tell-tale opaque black/purple color, phenomenal aromatics consisting of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, cassis, subtle new oak, and a notion of floral scents (is it acacia or lilac?). In the mouth, both wines are full-bodied, remarkably supple and opulent, with a purity and presence of fruit that must be tasted to be believed. Their finishes last for 45+ seconds. I suspect each of these wines will get even better over the next 5-10 years before reaching their full plateau of maturity, where they should remain for two decades or more. They are the quintessential examples of Cabernet Sauvignons that marry power with elegance

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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

Ripe black cherry, cola, blackberry, vanilla and earth. Dense and chewy on the palate with delicious mouthwatering acids and a 60 second plus finish. This wine has yet to reach its peak. Drink now or through 2020. Service: Serve straight from the bottle, with care to avoid stirring up the precipitates. 

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Fine-lookingbottle. Decanted two and ahalf hours. Almost black in colour. On the nose very open and intense with hints of spice, pepper, currant, plum,and wild berry aromasand smooth new oak. So full-bodied and commanding that one tends to think of it as concentrated, but maintaining a sense of well-balanced elegance and finesse. Still powerful tannins tend to hide the black cherry, mocha-vanilla and mineral flavours. The finish is well-balanced, distinctive, chewy, immense,and very flavourful.

  • 96p
The next wine caused Justin to comment that this was the .first blockbuster.. I saw it, as the wine was very aromatic in that showboat, opulent, banana split style that made me think Bryant or Colgin. The wine was very lush on the palate, smooth, elegantly long and fine. It was very tasty and sexy juice, which Justin called .exotic.. As the wine stayed in the glass, it became more and more upfront,
  • 93p

Deep ruby. Black raspberry, cassis, minerals and toffee on the nose. A big wine with impressive palate presence and sweetness; silky but very firmly built, thanks to vibrant acidity. Very long on the palate. Will require at least five or six years of bottle aging. Very strong for the vintage.

  • 93p

"I realize perfection in wine, like perfection in anything, is in the eyes of the beholder, and there are those who believe perfection is simply unobtainable. But in my mind, the 1996 and 1995 come close to perfection. Why? First of all, these extraordinary expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon are awesomely concentrated and endowed, while at the same time elegant and amazingly harmonious. The equilibrium between the wines' component parts - new oak, alcohol, tannin, acidity, and extract - is right on, with nothing out of place. The 1996 and 1995 could be mistaken for identical twins, although close examination reveals that the 1995 has a slightly firmer tannic edge, and the 1996 slightly lower acidity. However, both possess Colgin's tell-tale opaque black/purple color, phenomenal aromatics consisting of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, cassis, subtle new oak, and a notion of floral scents (is it acacia or lilac?). In the mouth, both wines are full-bodied, remarkably supple and opulent, with a purity and presence of fruit that must be tasted to be believed. Their finishes last for 45+ seconds. I suspect each of these wines will get even better over the next 5-10 years before reaching their full plateau of maturity, where they should remain for two decades or more. They are the quintessential examples of Cabernet Sauvignons that marry power with elegance.

  • 98p

A beautiful nose of roasted herbs and a hint of meat with velvety tannins. This is a savory wine with layers of flavors that range from blackberry and spices such as nutmeg to rosemary and thyme. Youthful and fresh even after 20 years of age with a good acid backbone. What impressed me most about this wine was how it became better in the glass over a 3-hour period. At its peak, but with decades of cellaring life ahead.

  • 96p
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St. Helena, Napa Valley

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