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Friday, October 30, 2015


2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON TYCHSON HILL VYD.
Napa(release date March 2017)RED100
2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON TYCHSON HILL VYD
Napa(release date March 2016)RED100
2013 CARIAD PROPRIETARY RED WINE
Napa(release date March 2017)RED98
2012 CARIAD PROPRIETARY RED WINE
Napa(release date March 2016)RED98
2013 IX PROPRIETARY RED ESTATE
Napa(release date November 2016)RED100
2012 IX PROPRIETARY RED ESTATE
Napa(release date November 2015)RED99
2013 IX SYRAH ESTATE
Napa(release date November 2016)RED98
2012 IX SYRAH ESTATE
Napa(release date November 2015)RED98

This is an incredible line up of wines from Ann Colgin, her winemaker Allison Tauziet and Bordeaux winemaking consultant Dr. Alain Raynaud. Of course, they have David Abreu, the superstar viticulturalists, looking after their vineyards which based on those I've seen at Tychson Hill and the IX Estate, are meticulously and fastidiously maintained as well as drop-dead beautiful terroirs.

The 2012s, which I reviewed from bottle before, have from strength to strength at the top of the qualitative pyramid. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill is an absolutely profound wine, dense, bluish purple color to the rim with a stunning nose of acacia flowers, graphite, blueberry and blackcurrant fruit. The wine is full-bodied and displays a multi-dimensional, skyscraper-like mouthfeel with no sense of heaviness or weight. An incredibly pure, rich, gorgeously constructed wine from a fabulous terroir, this is a stunner to drink now and over the next 30+ years. A close second (and who knows how they might perform at different times and with different foods) is the 2012 Proprietary Red Cariad, made from grapes grown by David Abreu at this estate vineyards in Napa. The blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot show notes of burning embers/charcoal, blackberry fruit, licorice and floral notes, followed by a full-bodied, dense, layered wine. It has great purity, wonderfully sweet, integrated tannin, and a voluptuous mouthfeel and finish of close to 50+ seconds. This is a stunner that can be drunk now or cellared for another 25-30 years. Lastly, the 2012 Proprietary Red IX Estate, which comes from their gorgeous hillside vineyards overlooking Lake Hennessey high on Pritchard Hill, is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. Absolutely spectacular aromatics of spring flowers, blueberry, blackberry and blackcurrant fruit intermixed with creosote, graphite and floral notes are followed by a wine of great depth, elegance, richness and purity. Simply loaded, but with pristine harmony and equilibrium, this is a sensational tour de force and a great tribute to this spectacular hillside site on Pritchard Hill. Drink it over the next 25-35 years.

The 2013 had just been bottled, so I was blown away by how amazingly the performed. Of course, 2012 was a great vintage, but 2013, as I've already indicated is probably the finest vintage for Bordeaux varietals I've ever tasted in my 37 years of experience in Napa Valley. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard is a rival for the 2012. Opaque purple, with blueberry and blackberry fruit, a hint of incense and subtle toast, the wine has great intensity, incredible richness and, again, a floral blue- and black-fruit nose and flavor profile that is remarkable. The finish goes on for close to a minute. This is slightly more tightly knit than the more ostentatious 2012, but both are wines to taste and drink before you die. The 2013 Proprietary Red IX Estate, a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. An absolutely compelling wine, with notes of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, blueberry, blackberry and cassis, it has the full smorgasbord of black and blue fruits, wonderfully integrated, toasty oak, acidity and tannin, a floral note that is unmistakable, and great richness, density and purity. It is an utterly exceptional wine and a tribute to not a great vineyard but impeccable winemaking and upbringing. It should drink well for 30+ years as well.

The wine that probably gets ignored, but shouldn't be, is their smaller production of 350-400 cases of Syrah from their estate vineyard. The 2012 Syrah IX Estate blew me away, and I've said many times that it always tastes as if its co-fermented with Viognier, but it is always 100% Syrah. It has a honeysuckle, flowery, almost white/peachy component in blackberry and meaty aromatics that always throw me off. The wine is aged in small oak, but the oak is concealed by the lavish amount of fruit, glycerin and extract. This is a super-intense, massive, yet elegant and complex Syrah that should drink well for 10-15 years. The 2013 Syrah IX Estate may turn out to be better. It's not as complex from a nuanced standpoint as the 2012, but it has possibly greater intensity than its sibling. Its blackberry fruit, charcoal, acacia flowers, grilled meats and beef tartare notes are all beautifully presented in a pure, succulent, opulent style. This is amazing stuff, and a great example of a singular style of Syrah from Napa Valley. Drink now-2028.

2013 Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard:
Review by ERobertParker.com (Oct 2015)
Rating: 100

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard is a rival for the 2012. Opaque purple, with blueberry and blackberry fruit, a hint of incense and subtle toast, the wine has great intensity. Incredible richness and again, a floral blue-and black-fruited nose and flavor profile that is remarkable. The finish goes on for close to a minute. This is slightly more tightly knit than the more ostentatious 2012, but both are wines to taste and drink before you die! This is an incredible lineup of wines from Ann Colgin, her winemaker Allison Tauziet and Bordeaux winemaking consultant Dr. Alain Raynaud. Of course, they have David Abreu, the superstar of viticulturist, looking after their vineyards which, based on those I've seen at Tychson Hill and the IX Estate, are meticulously and fastidiously maintained as well as drop-dead beautiful terroirs. The 2012's, which I reviewed from bottle before, have gone from strength to strength at the top of the qualitative pyramid. The 2013's had just been bottled, so I was blown away by how amazingly they performed. Of couse, the 2012 was a great vintage, but the 2013, as I've already indicated, is probably the finest vintage for Bordeaux varietals I've ever tasted in my 37 years of experience in Napa Valley.

2012 Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard:

Review by ERobertParker.com (Oct 2012)

Rating: 100

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill is an absolutely profound wine, dense, bluish purple color to the rim with a stunning nose of acacia flowers, graphite, blueberry and blackcurrant fruit. The wine is full-bodied and displays a multi-dimensional, skyscraper-like mouthfeel with no sense of heaviness or weight. An incredibly pure, rich, gorgeously constructed wine from a fabulous terroir, this is a stunner to drink now and over the next 30+ years. This is an incredible lineup of wines from Ann Colgin, her winemaker Allison Tauziet and Bordeaux winemaking consultant Dr. Alain Raynaud. Of course, thy have David Abreu, the superstar of viticulturist, looking after their vineyards which, based on those I've seen at Tychson Hill and the IX Estate, are meticulously and fastidiously maintained as well as drop-dead beautiful terroirs. The 2012's, which I reviewed from bottle before, have gone from strength to strength at the top of the qualitative pyramid. The 2013's had just been bottled, so I was blown away by how amazingly they performed. Of couse, the 2012 was a great vintage, but the 2013, as I've already indicated, is probably the finest vintage for Bordeaux varietals I've ever tasted in my 37 years of experience in Napa Valley.

2013 Colgin Cariad Proprietary Red Wine:

Review by ERobertParker.com (Oct 2015)

Rating: 98

The 2013 Cariad Proprietary Red Wine, a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot, shows great intensity, with a slightly more burning ember and scorched earthiness to it, giving it a more Graves-like character compared to the purity of the Tychson Hill. The wine is full-bodies, rich, layered and possibly slightly more tannic and backward than the Tycshson Hill. The wine is full-bodied, rich, layered and possibly slightly more tannic and backward that the Tychson Hill, but that could be because it had recently been bottled. It should evolve over the course of 30+ years. This is an incredible lineup of wines from Ann Colgin, her winemaker Allison Tauziet and Bordeaux winemaking consultant Dr. Alain Raynaud. Of course, thy have David Abreu, the superstar of viticulturist, looking after their vineyards which, based on those I've seen at Tychson Hill and the IX Estate, are meticulously and fastidiously maintained as well as drop-dead beautiful terroirs. The 2012's, which I reviewed from bottle before, have gone from strength to strength at the top of the qualitative pyramid. The 2013's had just been bottled, so I was blown away by how amazingly they performed. Of couse, the 2012 was a great vintage, but the 2013, as I've already indicated, is probably the finest vintage for Bordeaux varietals I've ever tasted in my 37 years of experience in Napa Valley.

2012 Colgin Cariad Proprietary Red Wine

Review by ERobertParker.com

Rating: 98

A close second (and who knows how they might perform at different times and with different foods) is the 2012 Cariad Proprietary Red Wine, made from grapes grown by David Abreu at his estate vineyards in Napa. This blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petite Verdot shows notes of burning embers/charcoal, blackberry fruit, licorice and floral notes, followed by a full-bodied, dense, layered wine. It has great purity, wonderfully sweet, integrated tannin, and a voluptuous mouthfeel and finish of close to 50+ seconds. This is a stunner that can be drunk now or cellared for another 25-30 years. This is an incredible lineup of wines from Ann Colgin, her winemaker Allison Tauziet and Bordeaux winemaking consultant Dr. Alain Raynaud. Of course, thy have David Abreu, the superstar of viticulturist, looking after their vineyards which, based on those I've seen at Tychson Hill and the IX Estate, are meticulously and fastidiously maintained as well as drop-dead beautiful terroirs. The 2012's, which I reviewed from bottle before, have gone from strength to strength at the top of the qualitative pyramid. The 2013's had just been bottled, so I was blown away by how amazingly they performed. Of couse, the 2012 was a great vintage, but the 2013, as I've already indicated, is probably the finest vintage for Bordeaux varietals I've ever tasted in my 37 years of experience Napa Valley.

2013 Colgin IX Proprietary Red Estate

Review by ERobertParker.com

Rating: 100

Another perfect wine from Ann Colgin and her winemaking team is the 2013 IX Proprietary Red Estate, a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. An absolutely compelling wine, with notes of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, blueberry, blackberry and cassis, it has the full smorgasbord of black and blue fruits, wonderfully integrated, toasty oak, acidity and tannin, a floral note that is unmistakable, and great richness, density and purity. It is an utterly exceptional wine and a tribute to not only a great vineyard, but impeccable winemaking and upbringing. It should drink well for 30+ years as well. This is an incredible lineup of wines from Ann Colgin, her winemaker Allison Tauziet and Bordeaux winemaking consultant Dr. Alain Raynaud. Of course, thy have David Abreu, the superstar of viticulturist, looking after their vineyards which, based on those I've seen at Tychson Hill and the IX Estate, are meticulously and fastidiously maintained as well as drop-dead beautiful terroirs. The 2012's, which I reviewed from bottle before, have gone from strength to strength at the top of the qualitative pyramid. The 2013's had just been bottled, so I was blown away by how amazingly they performed. Of couse, the 2012 was a great vintage, but the 2013, as I've already indicated, is probably the finest vintage for Bordeaux varietals I've ever tasted in my 37 years of experience Napa Valley.

2012 Colgin IX Proprietary Red Estate

Review by ERobertParker.com

Rating: 99

The 2012 IX Proprietary Red Estate, which comes from their gorgeous hillside, vineyards overlooking Lake Hennessey high on Prichard Hill, is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. Absolutely spectacular aromatics of spring flowers, blueberry, blackberry and blackcurrant fruit intermixed with creosote, graphite and floral notes are followed by a wine of great depth, elegance, richness and purity. Simply loaded, but with pristine harmony and equilibrium, this is a sensational tour de force and a great tribute to this spectacular hillside site on Pritchard Hill. Drink it over the next 25-35 years. This is an incredible lineup of wines from Ann Colgin, her winemaker Allison Tauziet and Bordeaux winemaking consultant Dr. Alain Raynaud. Of course, thy have David Abreu, the superstar of viticulturist, looking after their vineyards which, based on those I've seen at Tychson Hill and the IX Estate, are meticulously and fastidiously maintained as well as drop-dead beautiful terroirs. The 2012's, which I reviewed from bottle before, have gone from strength to strength at the top of the qualitative pyramid. The 2013's had just been bottled, so I was blown away by how amazingly they performed. Of couse, the 2012 was a great vintage, but the 2013, as I've already indicated, is probably the finest vintage for Bordeaux varietals I've ever tasted in my 37 years of experience Napa Valley.

2013 Colgin IX Syrah Estate

Review by ERobertParker.com

Rating: 98

The 2013 Syrah IX Estate may turn out to be better. It's not as complex from a nuanced standpoint as the 2012, but is has possibly greater intensity than its sibling. Its blackberry fruit, charcoal, acacia flowers, grilled meats and beef tartare notes are all beautifully presented in a pure, succulent, opulent style. This is amazing stuff, and a great example of a singular style of Syrah from the Napa Valley. Drink now-2028. This is an incredible lineup of wines from Ann Colgin, her winemaker Allison Tauziet and Bordeaux winemaking consultant Dr. Alain Raynaud. Of course, thy have David Abreu, the superstar of viticulturist, looking after their vineyards which, based on those I've seen at Tychson Hill and the IX Estate, are meticulously and fastidiously maintained as well as drop-dead beautiful terroirs. The 2012's, which I reviewed from bottle before, have gone from strength to strength at the top of the qualitative pyramid. The 2013's had just been bottled, so I was blown away by how amazingly they performed. Of couse, the 2012 was a great vintage, but the 2013, as I've already indicated, is probably the finest vintage for Bordeaux varietals I've ever tasted in my 37 years of experience Napa Valley.

2012 Colgin IX Syrah Estate

Review by ERobertParker.com

Rating: 98

The wine that probably gets ignored, but shouldn't be, is their small production of 350-400 cases of Syrah from their estate vineyard. The 2012 IX Syrah Estate blew me away, and I've said many times that it always tastes as if it's co-fermented with Viognier, but it is always 100% Syrah. It has a honeysuckle, flowery, almost white/peachy component in the blackberry and meaty aromatics that always throw me off. The wine is aged in small oak, but the oak is concealed by the lavish amount of fruit, glycerin and extract. This is a super-intense, massive, yet elegant and complex Syrah that should drink well for 10-15 years. This is an incredible lineup of wines from Ann Colgin, her winemaker Allison Tauziet and Bordeaux winemaking consultant Dr. Alain Raynaud. Of course, thy have David Abreu, the superstar of viticulturist, looking after their vineyards which, based on those I've seen at Tychson Hill and the IX Estate, are meticulously and fastidiously maintained as well as drop-dead beautiful terroirs. The 2012's, which I reviewed from bottle before, have gone from strength to strength at the top of the qualitative pyramid. The 2013's had just been bottled, so I was blown away by how amazingly they performed. Of couse, the 2012 was a great vintage, but the 2013, as I've already indicated, is probably the finest vintage for Bordeaux varietals I've ever tasted in my 37 years of experience Napa Valley.

 By Robert Parker

eRobertParker.com