Ann Colgin and Joe Wender's love of wines from the Northern Rhone Valley inspired them to plant syrah at IX Estate. This rugged high elevation, east-facing slope with extremely rocky soil has proven to be an exceptional site for this varietal. Planted on low yielding old clones with pedigrees originating in the Cote-Rotie and Hermitage regions of France, IX Estate produces syrah with saturated black color, essences of wild blackberries and a sauvage note of game and animal.
The Colgin Syrah is vinified from four separate one acre parcels at IX Estate each with its own site specific attributes. All four plots have a different clone and rootstock combination along with soil changes which create four distinctive components. To craft the most complex final blend, we painstakingly ferment and age all lots separately, selecting only the finest lots. Fermentation and maceration resulted in an average vatting time of 45 days. After 16 months of barrel ageing this Syrah was racked only once in preparation for bottling. The wine was bottled in March 2006 without fining or filtration. Utilizing many old and modern winemaking techniques, we strive to create a Syrah that is varietally correct, site specific and to uphold the Colgin dedication to quality.
Notes from the Estate:
"Our 2004 Syrah will astound you with its overall expression of Rhone meets Colgin. Syrah generally invokes all sorts of complex secondary aromatics unlike any other grape varietal. The wine possesses the Colgin hallmark of saturated black color and fresh uplifting aromatics of tobacco leaf, white and black pepper. This Syrah expresses its characteristics in a multidimensional manner with primary fruit aromatics moving to terroir driven earth, rock and organic aromas. The overall tannin structure and mouth feel are plush and suave. As with all of the wines produced by Colgin Cellars, our most important goal is to accentuate the elusive terroir. This Syrah continually evolves in the glass and is beautiful near term, will gain complexity with time and has the balance and structure to age for two decades."
We released 450 cases of 2004 Colgin IX Estate Syrah in April 2007.