Ann Colgin’s cult Cabernets are a gorgeous addition to any Napa aficionado’s cellar. The 2010 ‘Cariad’ shows violet-tinged aromatics of citrusy currants, with peppery, mineral-driven undertones. Rich and plush, the wine remains silky and smooth. The final assemblage is 48% Cabernet, 28% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Petit Verdot. Luscious and layered; will age for two decades.
Loamy-soiled, north-south valley reaching from the hot springs of Calistoga to the San Francisco Bay. It’s home to world-beating Cabernet Sauvignon, among other wines, and the American answer to Bordeaux.