Wine connoisseur and critic, Robert Parker considers IX Estate "as close to a viticultural nirvana as I have ever seen." The Wine Advocate Issue 150. This twenty acre vineyard in the Pritchard Hill area of Napa Valley has been carved out of the rugged, rocky terrain of a one hundred and twenty acre hillside parcel that comprises IX Estate and is also home to Colgin's gravity fed winemaking facility. The low yielding vineyard overlooks Lake Hennessey and at 900-1400 feet the elevation insures a cooler than average temperature which gently ripens the fruit and preserves many subtle nuances in flavors. This site specific climate and terroir coupled with rigorous selection and neo-classical winemaking give the "IX Estate" an unheralded complexity.
The 2003 Colgin "IX Estate" is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
Notes from the Estate:
"My first impression of the 2003 'IX Estate' gives new meaning to the word intense! Each component of this cuvee was deeply pitched in both color and aromatics. With an average of fifty days on the skins, we were able to capture the elusive "terroir" notes of the IX Estate. Perfectly composed and brilliantly defined are the aromatics of fresh red berries, black licorice and ripe black cherries. Across the palate, the mouthfeel is pure richness framed by ripe, supple tannins with a fine acid structure. After nineteen months of barrel aging in 100% new French oak, the wine was racked just once before bottling without fining or filtration. The full bodied tannin of the 2003 'IX Estate' ensure its ability to age gracefully for two decades, while its freshness and complexity make it a beautiful wine to drink near term."
We released 1200 cases (approximately) of 2003 Colgin "IX Estate" in April 2006.