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 2004 Colgin "IX Estate" is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot.
Notes from the Estate:
"My first impression of the 2004 'IX Estate' gives new meaning to the word intense. All components of this cuvee are deeply pitched in both color and aromatics. The enticing black color of this wine gives the assurance of ripe grape skins and soft tannins. Perfectly delineated are the aromas of fresh red berries and site specific aromatics such as black licorice and fresh black cherry juice. The high elevation of this outstanding vineyard site creates an average five degrees cooler temperature which means slower ripening, allowing flavors to stay ahead of sugar accumulation, preserving subtle nuances and creating fine acid structure. The tannins are silky and the mouth feel is one of the rich and full bodied phenolics. This soft tannin structure frames the ageability and reasssures continued complexity during bottle ageing. This complex wine was only racked once for blending and bottling and was bottled in March 2006 without fining or filtration. The 2004 'IX Estate' will continue to improve for decades or will drink well in 2 to 5 years near term."
We released 1200 cases of 2004 Colgin "IX Estate" in April 2007.