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USA, California, Napa Valley: 2017 – Napa’s Perfect Storm

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Thursday, October 31, 2019


2017 "TYCHSON HILL
Napa(release date March 2021)RED98
2017 "CARIAD"
Napa(release date March 2021)RED96+
2017 "IX ESTATE"
Napa(release date November 2020)RED98
2017 "IX ESTATE" Syrah
Napa(release date November 2020)RED98+

“It was an adventure! It was definitely one of those vintages that had a philosophical impact,” Colgin’s winemaker Allison Tauziet said, speaking about the 2017 vintage. “We had a lot of rain to begin. And then the heat tempered the vigor of the vines. It was a year where a lot of decisions mattered.” In spite of the challenges 2017 threw at them, Colgin came up trumps with their Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. But the heat really hit the Merlot hard. “There is not much Merlot in our 2017 blends,” Tauziet confessed. “Our farming is designed to mitigate that heat—we have had a lot of success with shade cloth. We leave more leaves to protect the fruit. And we have good air flow.” Colgin’s Syrah was harvested in mid-September. The Cabernets came in at the end of September. Only about 5% of the fruit was hanging during the fires—all of this was discarded or sold. “We had some Petit Verdot affected by the fires—we got rid of it all,” Tauziet told me. As for the winemaking during the 2017 power outages due to the fires, “We have a generator, but getting the diesel for it up the mountain and getting dry ice was very difficult.” All told, yields at Colgin in 2017 were down about 30% across the board, which, relatively speaking, is not bad.

2017 Colgin "Tychson Hill":
Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Oct 2019)
Rating: 98

The berries at Tychson Hill vineyard were very small in 2017. “This wine totally required baby steps with the extraction,” said winemaker Allison Tauziet. Very deep purple-black in color, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard leaps from the glass with vibrant black cherries, warm blackberries and blackcurrant scents with hints of violets, dark chocolate, lavender and camphor plus a fragrant waft of rose hip tea. Medium to full-bodied, the structure is taut, restraining all the tightly packed, energetic black fruit layers, with a wonderfully fine-grained texture and bags of freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. Still very tightly wound, this one needs time, but it should handsomely reward patience.

2017 Colgin "Cariad":
Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Oct 2019)
Rating: 96+

Composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cariad displays a very deep purple-black color. It bursts from the glass with an immediately compelling first waft of blueberry compote, plum preserves, licorice and fertile loam with emerging hints of candied violets, mossy tree bark, oolong tea and cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is surprisingly elegant with a firm backbone of ripe, finely pixilated tannins and bold freshness, featuring all the black fruit layers suggested on the nose arranged with beautiful composure, finishing very long on a provocative iron ore note.

2017 Colgin "IX Estate":
Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Oct 2019)
Rating: 98

The 2017 IX Estate is composed of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Opaque purple-black colored, the nose is quite closed and shy to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal freshly crushed blackberries, mulberries and blackcurrants plus suggestions of dusty soil, bouquet garni, pencil lead and cast-iron pan with gentle wafts of sandalwood, cardamom, rare beef and black tea. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house, strutting incredibly ripe yet super firm tannins, and it has lovely, uplifting freshness to help define all those black fruit and savory layers, finishing with epic length. Needs time, but this should turn out to be incredibly nuanced and long lived!

2017 Colgin "IX Estate" Syrah :
Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Oct 2019)
Rating: 98+

Very deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 IX Syrah Estate opens with the most beautiful nose of crushed black berries, boysenberries, mulberries, chocolate-covered cherries, star anise and red roses with touches of garrigue, mandarin peel and fragrant earth. Medium-bodied, the palate is very firm and elegant with approachably ripe, rounded tannins and layer upon layer of perfumed flavors. It has a long pepper and spice-laced finish. Very impressive!

 By Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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