The 2008 Colgin IX Estate Napa Valley Red Wine is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. The 2008 vintage was our seventh vintage from IX Estate, and we continue to be overjoyed with the quality of the wines from this site. As our vines become older with each passing year, the wines become more and more consistent. We take incredible care to maximize the potential from this site in so many ways. Through attentive tending of the vines, careful irrigations, strict crop thinning and thoughtful decisions of the timing of harvest, we work to bring out the absolute best in the IX Estate.
Tasting Notes from Winemaker Allison Tauziet:
The 2008 IX Estate Red Wine is all about the aromas of the terroir. The 2008 vintage across the board has resulted in wines that first and foremost reflect their sense of place. The nose of the IX Estate is pure crushed rocks, clay and minerals at first, and with air the savory aromas of musk and bay leaf come through. Decadent notes of black licorice, black cherry and cassis bring succulence to the nose. The wine is silky soft up front on the palate, but then develops into deliciously layered tannins. The structure of the wine suggests that it will be long lived. I recommend a long decant of the wine near term or preferably a minimum of 5 years aging before enjoying the wine. After 21 months in new French oak barrels, the wine was bottled in July of 2010 without any fining or filtration.
We released 1000 cases of the 2008 Colgin IX Estate Red Wine in November 2011.