The 2010 Colgin IX Estate Napa Valley Red Wine is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. The 2010 vintage was our ninth 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:
What I love about the IX Estate Red Wine from 2010 is the purity of flavors that come through from this special site. The clay iron, mineral notes mesh with the complexity of the crushed rock making the wine very distinctive. Add to that the cooling aromatics of the vintage, like fresh herb notes of rosemary and chocolate mint, and the wine becomes very vivid. With ten years of vine age here on the property, the flavors and texture to this wine are becoming more and more classic and true to what I consider an “old vine” nose. The layers of flavor continue with earthy notes of wet soil and graphite. Because of the superb balance and ripeness from 2010, the tannins coat the palate seamlessly. They are broad, suave and creamy. They also reflect the great structure which comes so easily in cooler styled vintages. Because of the freshness and harmony of the flavors and structure, I believe the 2010 IX Estate Red will age for nearly 30 years. I would suggest cellaring this wine for a minimum of 5-7 years before enjoying it, since it will likely age at a wonderfully slow pace.