2007 colgin, herb lamb vineyard, napa valley
Why We're Buying
Colgin Cellars Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon might rank as the fifth most popular Colgin wine on Wine-Searcher.com, but that's like being Karl Malone or David Robinson on the 1992 Dream Team. It's still a living legend. This celebrated cabernet sauvignon retails for over $500, with more investors willing to pay the price than there are bottles of wine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The opaque purple-colored 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard possesses an extraordinary bouquet of crushed rocks, creme de cassis, bay leaf, and forest floor. It is an exuberant, full-bodied, pure Cabernet that should drink well for 25+ years. Given the vintage and the sweetness of the tannin, it is atypically accessible already. Colgin’s 2007s, which include their final vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Herb Lamb Vineyard, are all extraordinary, world-class wines. The change in winemakers from Mark Aubert to Allison Tauziet has gone very smoothly, and was made easier by the retention of the highly respected French wine consultant, Dr. Alain Raynaud, who told me that tasting Colgin’s 2007s gave him his greatest emotional high since he tasted the Chateau Pavie 2000! The 2008s will not be available until 2011, but it appears to be a very successful vintage for Colgin. The crop was tiny, and there were no frost issues, but several heat spikes did occur. Both Allison Tauziet and Alain Raynaud thought that the small berries provided powerful fruit intensity.