93 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): "Medium ruby. Superripe aromas of roasted currant, black cherry, black raspberry, peat and licorice, all lifted by a floral note. Sweet, lush and pliant, with compelling dark fruit and licorice flavors. Finishes very long, with major tannins and a flavor of bitter chocolate. (May/Jun 2002)"
Producer notes: "The 1999 Cariad marks Colgin's first-ever bottling of a Bordeaux Style Blend. This Cariad is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, all from David Abreu's Madrona Ranch Vineyard and 5% Petit Verdot from Abreu's Thorevilos Vineyard, both in St. Helena. The word "cariad" means love in Welsh. Ann Colgin discovered this word after the wedding invitations for Catherine Zeta-Jones (a native of Wales) and Michael Douglas' nuptials were sent with the words 'love' and 'cariad' engraved on each side. The wine is hedonistic in its complexity. A powerful nose of plum, black fruit, gravel, scorched earth, black pepper and smoky meats make this wine off the charts. Intense, yet soft, fruit tannins give this wine a very supple texture. Drink now through 2020."
|Blend||55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot|