2001 Colgin "Tychson Hill" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1016514 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard (a valley floor site planted on a slight incline north of St. Helena) exhibits an opaque purple color as well as a beautifully sweet nose of creme de cassis, licorice, lead pencil shavings and pen ink. A classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with sweet tannin, full-bodied power and gorgeous purity and intensity, it will benefit from another 5-7 years of cellaring and should keep for 30+ years. (RP)  (6/2011)

98 points Vinous

 A big, vertical wine, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill is dark, powerful and explosive. Black cherries, savory herbs, smoke, licorice, tobacco, incense, lavender and a host of mineral-inflected notes all open as the 2001 captivates all the senses. Suggestions of melted road tar and smoke all contribute to the wine's brooding personality. The 2001 Tychson Hill has long been one of my favorite Colgin wines. Today, it is superb. (AG)  (4/2016)

97 points Wine Spectator

 A sensational wine, a near perfect sphere of ripe, fleshy currant, blackberry, plum, cedar, tobacco and heady floral, rose petal aromatics. Intense, concentrated and plush, turing silky-smooth on a long, glorious finish, with espresso, nutmeg and ripe tannins. *Collectibles* (JL)  (10/2004)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright dark red. Slightly lower-toned on the nose than the 2000 edition, offering scents of tobacco, smoke, charcoal, graphite, dusty herbs, hot stones and cigar box. Classically dry, firm and claret-like: imagine a hypothetical blend of a Pauillac and a Margaux. Finishes with substantial but polished tannins and a juicy quality that suggests there's more ahead. (ST) 93+  (4/2015)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.