The 2006 Colgin "IX Estate" is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The 2006 vintage was our fifth vintage making this proprietary red blend from our estate vineyards, and the results just keep getting better and better. "IX Estate" completely blows away the myth that wines from young vines are not as complex as those from older vines. That being said, as these vines continue to mature and are managed with our meticulous methods, "IX Estate" has become the hallmark of Colgin. The 2006 "IX Estate" was an exciting wine in its making. Throughout its life in barrel, the wine continued to add weight and complexity, and continues to do so since bottling.
Winemaker notes from Allison Tauziet
The 2006 "IX Estate" exhibits a beautiful red ruby color. First impressions on the nose reveal a wine that leaps out of the glass. Aromas of smoked meats, barbecue spice, juniper berry and sage greet the senses. As it continues to unwind, soft feminine aromas of lavender, tangerine, talc and spring flowers take over. When the wine truly hits its stride, secondary notes of graphite and crushed rocks flirt in and out of the nose. The wine is rich in purity yet full of complexity. Supple, round tannins coat the palate, with a lingering silky texture. Soft yet powerful, the 2006 "IX Estate" displays hallmarks of the Colgin style more so than ever before. This wine was aged for 20 months in new French oak barrels, and was racked just before blending and bottled in July 2008. The 2006 "IX Estate" will drink well near term, and will continue to age for 20 or more years.
We released 1500 cases of the 2006 Colgin "IX Estate" in November 2009.