After years of searching for the ideal property in the hills of Napa Valley, Ann Colgin and her husband, Joe Wender purchased IX Estate overlooking Lake Hennessey in 1998. With a vision to create an outstanding Bordeaux style blend, carefully selected clones and rootstocks were chosen and the vineyard was laid out in small plots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. There are nearly twenty separate plots in all! In an effort to clearly emphasize the differences of each of these varietals and their positions on the estate, the winemaking team ferments each plot separately in the new state of the art tank room and then tracks the individual lots throughout the aging process. The rocky, low fertility vineyard yields a mere one and one half to two tons per acre. This exceptional site coupled with classic winemaking techniques creates a rich, dense and exotic wine.
Notes from the Estate:
"The color and overall intensity of this Cabernet is a deeply pitched red to black. The wine has vibrant clarity which is indicative of a great vintage. Aromatics are also vibrant with a fresh tone of red skinned fruits such as cherries and even raspberries coupled with exotic spices such as tamarind. The complexity of this wine develops further to include earthy, soil driven notes as well. The mouth feel is pure richness framed by ripe, supple tannins and a fine acid structure. Bottled in February 2004, the 'IX Estate' was neither fined nor filtered. The wine will continue to improve with bottle aging or will drink well near term."
We released 165 cases of 2002 Colgin "IX Estate" in April 2005.