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Friday, October 28, 2016


2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON TYCHSON HILL VYD.
Napa(release date March 2018)RED98
2014 CARIAD PROPRIETARY RED WINE
Napa(release date March 2018)RED96
2014 IX PROPRIETARY RED ESTATE
Napa(release date November 2017)RED98+
2014 IX SYRAH ESTATE
Napa(release date November 2017)RED95

2014 Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard:
Review by Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Oct 2016)
Rating: 98

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill is an extraordinary wine with an inky bluish purple color and classic aromatics of crème de cassis, white flowers, lead pencil shavings, pen ink, incense and camphor. It hits the palate with full-bodied richness but not a bit of heaviness. Great precision, vibrant underlying acidity, and sweet, long tannins make this a sumptuous mouthful of wine with a finish of close to 45+ seconds. This fabulous effort can be drunk now or cellared for 25-30 years.

Everything at Colgin is done in such a meticulous, almost obsessive way, it’s no surprise that they have been on a qualitative surge since establishing their winery high on Pritchard Hill. On my last visit there, the 2013s had just been released, and two of those wines, the Proprietary Red IX Estate and the Tychson Hill both scored triple digits, with the Cariad and Syrah IX Estate 2013s a mere 98 points. This is just how magnificent these wines have become. Of course, they have a talented team led by Ann Colgin. Winemaker Allison Tauziet, who mentored under Mark Aubert, continues to develop as a superstar while working with well-known Bordeaux consultant Dr. Alain Raynaud. Furthermore, the long-time viticulturalist managing these fabulous vineyards is none other than David Abreu. The 2014s have put on weight across the board, and it’s no surprise that they are nearly as profound as the Colgin 2013s (just released in September of 2016) have turned out to be. These are all amazing wines from one of the world’s greatest small wineries and merit serious attention.

2014 Colgin Cariad Proprietary Red Wine:
Review by Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Oct 2016)
Rating: 96

The 2014 Proprietary Red Cariad, which is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon but also contains important percentages of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, is made from purchased fruit from David Abreu’s vineyard holdings on Howell Mountain and in St. Helena. This wine offers loads of unsmoked cigar tobacco, melted licorice, charcoal embers, blackberry and mulberry fruit, a full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning intensity, impressive equilibrium, and well-integrated acidity and tannin. It is another beauty, obviously coming from first-growth terroirs. This should drink beautifully for 20-25 years.

Everything at Colgin is done in such a meticulous, almost obsessive way, it’s no surprise that they have been on a qualitative surge since establishing their winery high on Pritchard Hill. On my last visit there, the 2013s had just been released, and two of those wines, the Proprietary Red IX Estate and the Tychson Hill both scored triple digits, with the Cariad and Syrah IX Estate 2013s a mere 98 points. This is just how magnificent these wines have become. Of course, they have a talented team led by Ann Colgin. Winemaker Allison Tauziet, who mentored under Mark Aubert, continues to develop as a superstar while working with well-known Bordeaux consultant Dr. Alain Raynaud. Furthermore, the long-time viticulturalist managing these fabulous vineyards is none other than David Abreu. The 2014s have put on weight across the board, and it’s no surprise that they are nearly as profound as the Colgin 2013s (just released in September of 2016) have turned out to be. These are all amazing wines from one of the world’s greatest small wineries and merit serious attention.

2014 Colgin IX Proprietary Red Estate:
Review by Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Oct 2016)
Rating: 98+

From their steep hillside vineyards on Pritchard Hill, the 2014 Proprietary Red IX Estate is an old-fashioned Médoc blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, but with some Cabernet Franc (rarely seen in the Médoc these years) as well as Merlot and Petit Verdot. Striking aromatics of violets, forest floor, loamy soil nuances, blueberry, black raspberry and blackberry soar from the glass of this spectacular 2014. The acidity seems reasonable but on the lower side, the texture is magnificent, and the overall purity and equilibrium flawless. This is a wine pushing, even demanding, a three-digit score once again, but I’m holding back – at least for now. This magnificent effort from Colgin should drink beautifully for 25-30 years.

Everything at Colgin is done in such a meticulous, almost obsessive way, it’s no surprise that they have been on a qualitative surge since establishing their winery high on Pritchard Hill. On my last visit there, the 2013s had just been released, and two of those wines, the Proprietary Red IX Estate and the Tychson Hill both scored triple digits, with the Cariad and Syrah IX Estate 2013s a mere 98 points. This is just how magnificent these wines have become. Of course, they have a talented team led by Ann Colgin. Winemaker Allison Tauziet, who mentored under Mark Aubert, continues to develop as a superstar while working with well-known Bordeaux consultant Dr. Alain Raynaud. Furthermore, the long-time viticulturalist managing these fabulous vineyards is none other than David Abreu. The 2014s have put on weight across the board, and it’s no surprise that they are nearly as profound as the Colgin 2013s (just released in September of 2016) have turned out to be. These are all amazing wines from one of the world’s greatest small wineries and merit serious attention.

2014 Colgin IX Syrah Estate:
Review by Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Oct 2016)
Rating: 95

Lastly, the 2014 Syrah IX Estate has this incredibly fragrant, flowery bouquet that makes it seem as if there were some Viognier co-fermented with it, but it’s always 100% Syrah coming from their steep vineyards. Oodles of honeysuckle, blackberry, black cherry, graphite and some exotic white fruits seem present in this full-bodied, lush, savory, sexy and intense wine that is irresistible in 2014, and for that reason, destined to be drunk in its first 10-15 years, although I suspect it could last longer.

Everything at Colgin is done in such a meticulous, almost obsessive way, it’s no surprise that they have been on a qualitative surge since establishing their winery high on Pritchard Hill. On my last visit there, the 2013s had just been released, and two of those wines, the Proprietary Red IX Estate and the Tychson Hill both scored triple digits, with the Cariad and Syrah IX Estate 2013s a mere 98 points. This is just how magnificent these wines have become. Of course, they have a talented team led by Ann Colgin. Winemaker Allison Tauziet, who mentored under Mark Aubert, continues to develop as a superstar while working with well-known Bordeaux consultant Dr. Alain Raynaud. Furthermore, the long-time viticulturalist managing these fabulous vineyards is none other than David Abreu. The 2014s have put on weight across the board, and it’s no surprise that they are nearly as profound as the Colgin 2013s (just released in September of 2016) have turned out to be. These are all amazing wines from one of the world’s greatest small wineries and merit serious attention.

 By Robert Parker

robertparker.com