A lifelong love of wines from the Northern Rhone inspired the decision to plant clones from Cote-Rotie and Hermitage in the rocky, volcanic soil “IX Estate.”

The resulting wine is one of uncommon merit, with nuances of blackberry, acacia, wild herbs, and smoked meats. “IX Estate” Syrah is often regarded as “one of the most unique Syrah’s being made in California today”.

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2018 untamed Plum, toasted coriander seed, juicy, warm, roasted pork belly *

Character

untamed

High-Level Notes

Plum, toasted coriander seed, juicy, warm, roasted pork belly

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The 2018 "IX Estate" Syrah attracts with alluring notes of violets, plum and licorice. Warmed spice notes of toasted coriander seed, white pepper and salt brine entice a sip and are complemented by salivating notes of smoked bacon. Deep, yet elegantly textured tannins swarm the palate with a voluminous and juicy finish.

Climatic Conditions

The 2018 growing season in Napa Valley will be remembered for its mild weather throughout the year. The dormant season of winter, however, began with an unusually dry spell. Half of the rain we received did not arrive until after March 1st. A modest 20 inches in total, slightly below our average (notably less than half of what fell in the unusual winter of 2017). By mid-April, the rains ceased and a contented season in the vineyard unfolded. Perhaps the biggest challenge to the entire season was the burgeoning grasses on the vineyard floor, a sign of the healthy soils.

Weather in May was cool, giving us moderate growth of the vines. A few sprinkles of rain occurred at the tail end, causing some flowers to shatter during bloom, resulting in looser clusters at harvest. Temperatures for the remainder of the season were incredibly mild. Much like 2013 and 2016, there was only 1 day over 100 degrees at the IX Estate for the entire year.

The Merlot and Syrah were harvested the last week in September, before a rain event the first week of October. Drying winds coupled with our timely removal of leaves enhanced airflow around the clusters. We began harvesting once again in the second week of October. The photogenic clusters harvested in 2018 had dark blue plump berries rich in flavor.

The wines of this vintage are classic and pure, with a spectrum of flavor and are aromatically pixelated. They exhibit an intellectual character which displays distinct moods with time in the glass. Counter to some vintages, the 2018’s transform from savory aromatics into deeply fruity aromatics rather than vice versa. As they open, their chiseled, firm tannins evolve into a very full, velvety texture.

2017 elated Dried flowers, fruit preserves, black olives, pleasing, provocative *

Character

elated

High-Level Notes

Dried flowers, fruit preserves, black olives, pleasing, provocative

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The 2017 “IX Estate” Syrah is a myriad of intricate flavors. Combining floral aromatics of dried potpourri, violets and mandarin zest with hints of white pepper, saucisson, and niçoise olive, the 2017 ‘IX Estate’ Syrah is both savory and luscious. Delectable notes of ripe blackberry and black licorice entice the senses. The suave, layered tannins on the palate lead to an extraordinarily long and decadent finish.

Climatic Conditions

The 2017 vintage began with double the average rainfall in winter, refilling the water reserves and delaying the beginning of the season. Warm weather in late April triggered a beautiful, rapid flowering and an extended heat wave in late May forced vines to taper off growth and focus efforts on the berries. The summer of 2017 experienced a few intense heat events, whose ultimate effect on our sites was to minimize the berry size and enhance concentration of the fruit. The balance between the canopy and the fruit in 2017 was unlike other years in that the lusher than normal green shoots and leaves of springtime added extra protection to the crop during the frequent heat waves. Harvest began in the middle of September with cold nights and sunny days and continued at a rapid pace until its completion on October 6th.

In 2017, thoughtful decisions about canopy management, irrigation, crop thinning and picking dates led Colgin to craft wines that enhance the strengths of this growing season, such as its aromatic complexity, greater natural acidity and pleasurable structure- qualities that will guarantee a long evolution in bottle. In the near term, the 2017 vintage wines express an inward nature. They hold within them a resilient spirit and reflect the character of all vintages that precede them, with perfume, freshness and minerality taking center stage.

2016 reflective Chamomile, blood orange, graphite, taut, sanguine *

Character

reflective

High-Level Notes

Chamomile, blood orange, graphite, taut, sanguine

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The aromas of the 2016 “IX Estate” Syrah exemplify the strikingly coastal feel of the growing season. The bouquet offers gorgeous wild notes of game meats, niçoise olives, and sea breeze alongside delicious flavors of black cherry and dark licorice. Hints of graphite and cracked pepper reveal themselves subtly. The viscous texture of this wine is tempered beautifully by a bright acidity with a markedly saline feel. Flavors explode on the palate ensuring this deliciously succulent wine will become even more enticing over time.

Climatic Conditions

The winter of 2016 began with steady rainfall, bringing small doses over the entire winter and ending with a very rainy beginning of March. Following a sequence of drought vintages beginning in 2012, the wet winter brought a final reprieve from dry conditions. Budbreak arrived shortly thereafter as vines began a season that restored balance to vine and soil health. Steady shoot growth followed in April, and warm weather took hold in May during the blooming period. This healthy start to the season was a blessing, but the incredible weather that followed in the summer and fall would become the story of the vintage. We began harvest under foggy conditions in the middle of September. The mild nature of the remainder of the season would serve to retain flavor nuances and accumulate heightened amounts of color in the grape skins. Fruit condition over the entirety of harvest was impeccable. Supple skinned berries bursting with flavor and color extracted to form wines of freshness and vibrancy with an intensely harmonious palate. The wines of the 2016 vintage are thrilling and multifaceted- every nuance of delectable fruit is matched by vivid notes of each distinctive terroir.

2015 fundamental Licorice, crushed plum, tar, oyster shells, succulent *

Character

fundamental

High-Level Notes

Licorice, crushed plum, tar, oyster shells, succulent

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The 2015 “IX Estate” Syrah gratifies the senses in this succulent expression of the vintage. Deep notes of ripe plum, macerated cherries, and anise saturate the nose. Chocolate and orange liqueur entice the palate while a note of cracked pepper and sea salt temper their indulgence. The 2015 “IX Estate” Syrah is brimming with rich, full flavors that lead into an incredibly unctuous texture on the palate. This decadent Syrah finishes with a savory quality that tempts the next sip. Our Syrah exemplifies the palpable energy in this electric vintage, where the warmth of the season intensifies the vibrant flavors of the “IX Estate.”

Climatic Conditions

2015 continues the streak of exquisite vintages produced from the extended drought that began in 2013 in the Napa Valley. Much of the rain for the 2015 season came before winter even began. A long delay until early February followed, when a large storm came bringing mainly surface runoff. These alternating wet and dry conditions, combined with a warm winter, led to an early bud break at the beginning of March. A long, cool spring ensued bringing sporadic growing conditions leading into bloom. Uneven weather during flowering led to very light clusters with few berries, thus ensuring a small crop. What began as a challenge, ultimately resulted in a blessing. The small crop with tiny berries ripened quickly over the warm summer and fall, bringing fruit with vivid color and exciting levels of flavor. We crafted the 2015 vintage at Colgin with an emphasis on preserving the aromatic exuberance of the wines. The lush textures and inky color in the nascent wines guided us toward gentler extraction that would preserve the wine’s balance and let the energy shine through

2014 tempting Blackberry, plum, ink, graphite, richness with nuance *

Character

tempting

High-Level Notes

Blackberry, plum, ink, graphite, richness with nuance

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The 2014 “IX Estate” Syrah is a rich, sumptuous blend of old world and new world. Its perfume has an enticingly seductive lift of tangerine that is complemented by aromas of dark chocolate, dried flowers, and white pepper. Saline notes of oyster shell and tapenade weave together with iron mineral notes from the “IX Estate” volcanic soils. Flavors of grilled steak fat, cured meats, and blackberry cobbler lead to a melting and succulent texture on entry. The palate is coated with an exceptionally smooth tannin that is dense and deeply layered.

Climatic Conditions

The wines of 2014 have an immense sense of purity. The mild weather of the 2014 vintage produced wines with sophistication that beautifully balance elegance with true power. The superbly delineated flavors are both fresh and fully ripe. A harmonious quality is apparent in the suave texture of these wines. The 2014 vintage seductively draws you in, then piques your curiosity and keeps you returning repeatedly for more. The 2014 season followed the unseasonably dry 2013 vintage and began with one of the driest Januarys in recent history. It wasn’t until February came that we received the bulk of our wet weather. Despite all the references to a drought, what perhaps made an even bigger imprint on the 2014 season was the warmth we experienced in the winter. As both factors combined we began one of the earliest growing seasons since 2005. As spring and summer unfolded, we saw marginally warmer temperatures all year long and yet we experienced very few heat waves. The vines set a beautiful crop, and it was no surprise that 2014 led to one of our earliest harvests, beginning on August 29th. Berries were plump and fresh as they were harvested. As the wines evolved in the cellar, we observed how their flavors span a broad spectrum- from powerful dark fruits, to classic and subtle Napa Valley herbal and earth notes, reminiscent of an earlier era. With their silky textures developing over the course of the fermentation, we extracted the wines using longer, slower macerations, adding to their nuance and length. The 2014 vintage comes in a sequence of stellar vintages. Following the classic structure of the 2012 and the concentrated nature of the 2013 vintages, the 2014 stands apart from its predecessors in that it captures the supple dense qualities of a warm vintage, married with the perfumed characteristics of a cooler vintage. Such qualities harken back to great vintages like 2005, and even further back to the age worthy 1995, as witnessed in our 1995 Colgin “Herb Lamb.”

2013 exotic Purple fruits, white flowers, grilled meats, plump *

Character

exotic

High-Level Notes

Purple fruits, white flowers, grilled meats, plump

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With its tantalizing interplay of the sweet and the savory, the 2013 "IX Estate" Syrah exhibits the hallmarks of a memorable vintage. A captivating perfume of red raspberry, orange blossom and crushed rocks, this gorgeously vibrant and feminine nose is also nuanced with scents of peppered meats and barbecue spice rub. Scents of the "IX Estate" garrigue, like the native sage and fresh bay laurel leaves, bring even more complexity to this powerfully concentrated wine. The iron component of the weathered volcanic soils at the "IX Estate" weaves a strong note of pure minerality into the wine in 2013, giving it a telltale sense of place. The vivid red flavors burst in the mouth along with perfectly plush tannins that are salivating and succulent. This vintage of Syrah has an incredible viscosity on the palate that helps carry the aromas into a long persistent finish.

Climatic Conditions

The 2013 growing season set the stage for an outstanding vintage of wines. With the ideal blend of cool and warm weather at the right time, the season gave us perfectly ripened fruit with purely preserved flavors and inky grape skins. What was perhaps atypical about 2013 was the rainfall pattern, as we were in our second year of a drought. All of our winter rain fell during the months of November, December and a small amount in January. Beyond January, we had no rain, yet the weather as it relates to temperature and fog patterns was absolutely magical. With a classically timed bud break to start the season, then gorgeous warm weather during bloom, the vines set a homogenous and fruitful crop- an ideal setup to the harvest season. In a sense the 2013 season was "made to order." By mid-September we reached a holding pattern of sunny and mild weather. By that point the berries had reached an unbelievable intensity of flavor, color and delicious tannin. The 2013 vintage was one that tested our courage to pick early rather than our patience to ripen the fruit longer. That same fortitude and self-restraint carried into the winemaking. With fruit so rich in flavor and texture, we found the wines extracted very effortlessly and thus the balance between power and elegance in the 2013 vintage was achieved with shorter macerations in the cellar.

2012 brave Dried fruits, gamy, exotic, raspberry, succulent *

Character

brave

High-Level Notes

Dried fruits, gamy, exotic, raspberry, succulent

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The classic season in 2012 served to amplify the Syrah grapes to the height of flavor, which we captured while picking over the course of three foggy mornings in late September.

The floral perfume nuance that defines the "IX Estate" Syrah is truly vibrant in the 2012 vintage. Jasmine, orange blossom, nicoise olive and herbes de provence notes captivate the nose. Subtle smoky bacon adds a savory essence to the wine's signature black fruit. The floral, fruit, spice and earth elements are so intertwined that the aroma is seductive and beguiling. The rich tannins are lush and succulent making this a luxurious wine on the palate. The concentration and structure ensure that there is much evolution ahead for this aromatic and opulent wine.

Climatic Conditions

The 2012 begins a series of three exceptional vintages for the Napa Valley. Each season possesses immense purity and balance whose distinct characters will make it fascinating to follow in the decades to come. The 2012 season was classic in nature as it was quite temperate and long. The season began with moderate rainfall, much of which fell during early March. The bud break of the vines began the first week of April. A few small rain events occurred over the following weeks and helped to nurture the soil, and by mid-May we began a steady cycle of gorgeous weather. Great weather at bloom is a noted bellwether for many great vintages. The climatic conditions were so ideal, that the vines set quite a healthy crop. As summer evolved, we got a feel for the quantities of clusters and began meticulously removing excess fruit to ensure a higher level of quality. A textbook August and September followed, with few heat waves. Our harvest commenced in mid-September and continued steadily for the next month. The wines were crafted with a keen sense of preserving freshness and capturing the distinct fruit flavors and textures of this sensational vintage. The resulting wines are incredibly appealing as they contain exceptional intensity and a lovely seductive opulence!

2011 umami Black fruits, jasmine tea, tobacco, olive *

Character

umami

High-Level Notes

Black fruits, jasmine tea, tobacco, olive

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Syrah was our earliest ripening variety on the steep rocky slope of the "IX Estate" and prospered in this vintage. The cooler temperatures helped to capture aromas with a striking level of purity. Yields were tiny in 2011 and the intensity of flavors is very high.

The perfume on the nose of the 2011 "IX Estate" Syrah is instantly captivating. The wine jumps out of the glass with seductive scents of tangerine peel, candied violets and jasmine tea. The wine captivates with its ethereal floral perfume, and also with the classic Syrah notes of cured meat and olive. The umami flavors of bacon fat, and smoked meat marry beautifully with the dark floral notes. This is one of the most salivating Syrahs we have crafted in recent memory, with an intense minerality and saline quality on the palate. The texture is luscious, with a beautiful round mid-palate and a caressing, silky finish. The tannins are broad, layered and unctuous. This vintage of "IX Estate" Syrah will bring great enjoyment in the near term for its silkiness, yet like other vintages, it will add more layers of complexity and breadth with time in bottle.

Climatic Conditions

There is enormous beauty to be found in the 2011 vintage! The experiences of the season are what help distinguish the pedigree of the Colgin vineyard sites from others. The 2011 growing season in Napa Valley seems only to be recognized for its challenges, yet a great site can take challenges in stride. With a wet start to the season, we have a significant advantage in that each of our sites is planted on hillsides with well-draining rocky soils. Given the wet spring, we experienced one of our latest blooms on record in June. The summer followed with relatively mild temperatures during which time we worked diligently in the vineyard to reduce the canopy and bring the vines into balance. At veraison in late August, we removed enough clusters to ensure a consistent, even ripening. We began our harvest the final week in September and picked virtually all of our Merlot and Syrah in this period. Two small rain events the first week of October hastened the progress of the harvest-yet what followed was altruistic, sunny weather which remained through the completion of the harvest season. We picked the Cabernet Sauvignon the second half of October and our conscientious team ensured only the most pristine berries were sorted into the fermentation tanks. The wines were made with a slightly more delicate hand in order to capture their freshness and respect the fruit. The resulting wines of the 2011 vintage are brilliantly aromatic. They have deliciously round tannin and are bolstered by a bright and balanced level of acidity. The flavors of each site truly stand out in this vintage, and the quality of the wines is a testament to the quality of the terroirs upon which they are grown.

2010 intense Black currant, blood orange, licorice, plethora of subtleties *

Character

intense

High-Level Notes

Black currant, blood orange, licorice, plethora of subtleties

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The Colgin Syrah is vinified from four separate one acre parcels at IX Estate each with its own site specific attributes. All four plots have a different clone and rootstock combination along with soil changes which create four distinctive components. To craft the most complex final blend, we ferment and age all lots separately, selecting only the finest French oak barrels. In 2010, fermentation and maceration resulted in an average vatting time of 31 days. After 20 months of barrel ageing this Syrah was bottled in June 2012 without fining or filtration.

The cooler growing season helped to bring new dimensions of flavor to our 2010 "IX Estate" Syrah. In addition to the wonderful orange blossom and violet perfume that our syrah frequently exudes, in 2010 we have deliciously dense flavors of charred beef and grilled duck meat. A brooding mixture of these savory meats and feminine floral fruits continues into the palate, where suave, savory tannins take over. There is a wonderful salty flavor on the palate, very reminiscent of the northern Rhone. Because of the sheer density of this wine, I anticipate it will age for 15 years or longer. Upon release it is luscious and creamy, but the structure of the tannin should guarantee the wine will support a long aging provided good provenance.

Climatic Conditions

The 2010 growing season in Napa Valley was cooler in nature. The season started off about 10 days behind average due to cooler temperatures and periods of rainfall in April and May. Because of the late spring, the vines grew very rapidly in May and June, making it imperative to work efficiently on the vine canopies to taper off the growth and bring balance to the vine. Mother nature brought her own balance to the vine also by creating less crop. The summer brought moderate temperatures, until the month of August when we experienced many days with dense foggy mornings. The heat returned in late August and the season began to catch up. We were incredibly blessed to receive sunny warm weather into September and October. We took advantage of the beautiful weather for many weeks and picked all of our Cabernet the third week of October, just before the arrival of a rain storm which would bring a close to the season. Because of the cooler weather and later harvest, the grapes were harvested with wonderful levels of acidity, and with vividly preserved flavors. The longer hang time also resulted in wines with rich tannins and excellent structure. 2010 will be remembered as an excellent vintage at Colgin that is heralded for both its richness and balance.

2009 perfumed Honeysuckle, violet, white pepper, rosemary *

Character

perfumed

High-Level Notes

Honeysuckle, violet, white pepper, rosemary

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The 2009 vintage was one that was characterized by balance. Budbreak started right on schedule in mid March. Though we had only received about two thirds of our normal rainfall over the winter, we were fortunate to have a few small rain events in April and May which would tide the vines over through the beginning of summer. A fairly classic weather pattern set in over the summer time. We experienced only a few days of heat over 100 degrees, which was followed by our traditional fog pattern coming in from the bay. The fog continued through much of August which lengthened the early maturation stage of the fruit, giving ample time for the vines to create fruit deep in pigment, and complex in flavor. Several small heat events in September rounded out the flavor and tannin development, allowing us to begin picking the Merlot and Syrah. Gorgeous mild weather the first week of October provided perfect conditions for ripening the Cabernet, which we picked steadily through the middle of the month. We finished harvest just before the cold and wet weather hit on October 13. The wines of this vintage are inky in color, fresh in flavor, and have incredibly silky and approachable tannins. The quality of the fruit in 2009 was uncompromised, and the wines reflect that purity of fruit and elegance of tannin.

The Colgin Syrah is vinified from four separate one acre parcels at IX Estate each with its own site specific attributes. All four plots have a different clone and rootstock combination along with soil changes which create four distinctive components. To craft the most complex final blend, we ferment and age all lots separately, selecting only the finest French oak barrels. In 2009, fermentation and maceration resulted in an average vatting time of 37 days. After 19 months of barrel ageing this Syrah was bottled in May 2011 without fining or filtration.

The fragrance from the 2009 "IX Estate" Syrah upon release is remarkably expressive. This wine possesses a beautiful orange blossom lift that makes it incredibly inviting and seductive. The more I delve into the wine, the more savory it becomes. The salty Parma ham, grilled duck breast and dark chocolate that come through on the nose are so tempting. On the palate, that savory quality continues with mouthwatering tannins. They have a fine grained quality to their structure, buttressed by lovely acidity. The orange blossom from the nose, turns to a lingering marmalade aroma on the finish. Overall, this vintage of "IX Estate" Syrah is full of inviting qualities, making it seem almost precocious, but the unctuous and suave texture of the tannin confirm that this is a wine built to last. Upon release, the wine will express itself quite easily and only require about one hour of decantation, but if laid down to age, it should last for 12 to 15 years.

Climatic Conditions

The 2009 vintage was one that was characterized by balance. Budbreak started right on schedule in mid March. Though we had only received about two thirds of our normal rainfall over the winter, we were fortunate to have a few small rain events in April and May which would tide the vines over through the beginning of summer. A fairly classic weather pattern set in over the summer time. We experienced only a few days of heat over 100 degrees, which was followed by our traditional fog pattern coming in from the bay. The fog continued through much of August which lengthened the early maturation stage of the fruit, giving ample time for the vines to create fruit deep in pigment, and complex in flavor. Several small heat events in September rounded out the flavor and tannin development, allowing us to begin picking the Merlot and Syrah. Gorgeous mild weather the first week of October provided perfect conditions for ripening the Cabernet, which we picked steadily through the middle of the month. We finished harvest just before the cold and wet weather hit on October 13. The wines of this vintage are inky in color, fresh in flavor, and have incredibly silky and approachable tannins. The quality of the fruit in 2009 was uncompromised, and the wines reflect that purity of fruit and elegance of tannin.

2008 brooding Cherry, charcuterie, peppercorn, sassafras *

Character

brooding

High-Level Notes

Cherry, charcuterie, peppercorn, sassafras

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The Colgin Syrah is vinified from four separate one acre parcels at IX Estate each with its own site specific attributes. All four plots have a different clone and rootstock combination along with soil changes which create four distinctive components. To craft the most complex final blend, we ferment and age all lots separately, selecting only the finest barrels. Fermentation and maceration resulted in an average vatting time of 30 to 35 days. After 19 months of barrel ageing this Syrah was bottled in May 2010 without fining or filtration.

One word comes to mind as I taste the 2008 "IX Estate" Syrah before its release: perfume. This vintage of our syrah boasts some of the most feminine and exotic aromas we've ever had in this wine. Effusive notes of violets, talc and jasmine tea mingle in the glass, along with a very savory note of the classic bacon fat and cured meats. A beautiful aroma of tangerine rind lingers also on the nose. On the palate, the texture is both silky and unctuous. Despite its full bodied flavor, the wine possesses great elegance. With a long decantation, the wine can be enjoyed in the next few years, but will evolve and gain complexity for at least 10 years.

Climatic Conditions

The 2008 vintage was shaped by the La Nina weather pattern. We experienced just 60% of our average rainfall in the Napa Valley, and most of that rain came in the winter time and tapered off in mid March. Because of the dry spring, the dry soils prompted the vines to push their growth earlier than usual. This would set the stage for the remainder of the season. With a dry spring, vines naturally produced less fruit than average during bloom in May. Several heat events in the summer sped up the season but also helped to bring uniformity to the ripeness of the fruit, causing the berries to change color simultaneously. A heat wave at the beginning of September started the harvest off fast and furiously with Merlot and Syrah. Soon the weather cooled off, allowing the cabernet to ripen slowly and be picked at the end of September. Crops were quite tiny, but the results are elegant wines with great structure and concentration.

2007 striking Lush, licorice, barbeque, sweet and savory *

Character

striking

High-Level Notes

Lush, licorice, barbeque, sweet and savory

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The Colgin Syrah is vinified from four separate one acre parcels at IX Estate each with its own site specific attributes. All four plots have a different clone and rootstock combination along with soil changes which create four distinctive components. To craft the most complex final blend, we ferment and age all lots separately, selecting only the finest barrels. Fermentation and maceration resulted in an average vatting time of 30 to 35 days. After 22 months of barrel ageing this Syrah was racked only once in preparation for bottling. The wine was bottled in August 2009 without fining or filtration. Utilizing many old and modern winemaking techniques, we strive to create a Syrah that is varietally correct, site specific and to uphold the Colgin dedication to quality.

The 2007 "IX Estate" Syrah boasts the most complex and concentrated aromatics we've ever experienced in our syrah. This wine was so exciting in the making. As soon as the grapes were put into their open top tanks, the juice became instantly black. Once the fermentation began, the wines formed tantalizing aromas that have since carried through to bottle. Thanks to the cool weather that led up to the picking, the wine is very fresh and very expressive. As I taste it before release, a beautiful perfume of floral and spice leap from the glass. Darker notes of cured meats, cracked pepper, black olive, and jerky soon follow, along with the telltale notes of the IX Estate of wild sage, bay laurel and clay mineral. The unctuous tannins coat the palate while the savory flavors bring a succulent quality to the wine through to the finish. The 2007 Syrah has the freshness and approachability to drink near term, yet the dense flavors, rich structure and natural acidity will allow the wine to evolve beautifully for 15 years or more.

Climatic Conditions

The 2007 vintage was defined by an exceptionally good growing season from beginning to end. The Napa Valley received just 60% of normal rainfall, encouraging our vines to begin bud break a week ahead of schedule. A mild spring followed, with several light rains that helped the vines to cope with the mild drought. Sunny, beautiful weather during bloom resulted in fruitful clusters that were uniform in size and maturity. A wonderfully moderate summer followed, with cooler than average temperatures, allowing for slow, even development of the berries. By late August, the berries were intensely pigmented and showing signs of outstanding quality. A short heat wave around Labor Day resulted in our earliest picking of Merlot ever at Colgin. But cool weather soon followed, allowing the Cabernet to hang longer, and to develop ripe tannins, at lower sugar levels, with great natural acidity. Overall, the 2007 vintage was truly a winemaker's dream. The wines are defined by their intense color, their deep aromatics, and their coating and supple tannins.

2006 savory Raspberry, fennel, tar, juniper, salty, firm *

Character

savory

High-Level Notes

Raspberry, fennel, tar, juniper, salty, firm

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The Colgin Syrah is vinified from four separate one acre parcels at IX Estate each with its own site specific attributes. All four plots have a different clone and rootstock combination along with soil changes which create four distinctive components. To craft the most complex final blend, we painstakingly ferment and age all lots separately, selecting only the finest lots. Fermentation and maceration resulted in an average vatting time of 34 to 44 days. After 20 months of barrel ageing this Syrah was racked only once in preparation for bottling. The wine was bottled in July 2008 without fining or filtration. Utilizing many old and modern winemaking techniques, we strive to create a Syrah that is varietally correct, site specific and to uphold the Colgin dedication to quality.

The 2006 "IX Estate" Syrah is the most savory Syrah we’ve made to date. Salty aromas of bacon fat, parma ham, soy and white pepper bombard the nose. Sweeter notes of purple fruits, fresh flowers and caramel bring balance to the savory quality of this wine. As brooding as it is, the wine holds a great freshness as well. The wine coats the palate with a beautiful broad entry and layers of silky tannin. Rich aromatics continue to linger for over a minute on the finish. The 2006 Syrah will drink brilliantly near term, and will continue to evolve for 10 or more years.

Climatic Conditions

The 2006 vintage began a bit slower than the average year. With a wetter winter, soils took longer to dry out, and vines began to wake up in April, several weeks later than usual. By early June, vines were making up time thanks to a beautifully moderate spring. A heat wave in July helped signal to the vines that summer had arrived, telling them to slow their growth, and begin the focus on ripening their fruit. A beautiful summer followed, and warmer temperatures in October helped to develop intense color and ripe, soft tannins. The 2006 vintage wines are all defined by their bright aromatics, fresh acidities, and great balance.

2005 joyful Blackberry, provençal herbs, nicoise olives, floral *

Character

joyful

High-Level Notes

Blackberry, provençal herbs, nicoise olives, floral

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Tasting Notes

The Colgin Syrah is vinified from four separate one acre parcels at IX Estate each with its own site specific attributes. All four plots have a different clone and rootstock combination along with soil changes which create four distinctive components. To craft the most complex final blend, we painstakingly ferment and age all lots separately, selecting only the finest lots. Fermentation and maceration resulted in an average vatting time of 36 to 50 days. After 17 months of barrel ageing this Syrah was racked only once in preparation for bottling. The wine was bottled in March 2007 without fining or filtration. Utilizing many old and modern winemaking techniques, we strive to create a Syrah that is varietally correct, site specific and to uphold the Colgin dedication to quality.

The 2005 is the most aromatic Syrah produced from this estate yet. Our old world clones have taken root so well on this amazing site and are coming into their own, reflecting not only their origin in the Rhone, but also the organic nuances of the IX Estate soils. My first impression of this wine is the tobacco leaf, bacon fat and lilac of the old Hermitage clone that just leap out of the glass. Those elusive aromas are layered by the pervasive meatiness of the Cote Rotie clones, like succulent grilled duck, cured ham, blackberry cobbler, white peppercorns, road tar, and even a hint of orange zest. This wine is deliciously pliant and coating on the palate, and supported by fresh acidity, a telltale sign of the 2005 vintage. It amazes me the weight that this wine has taken on over the course of its life both in barrel and bottle. Though delicious enough to enjoy now, I anticipate this wine will continue to gain weight and length over the next 2-3 years, and will drink beautifully for 10-15 years. If you must enjoy it upon release, be sure to decant for 3 to 4 hours in advance to fully experience the aromatics.

2004 exuberant Blue fruits, flower, mineral, dense *

Character

exuberant

High-Level Notes

Blue fruits, flower, mineral, dense

Delicious Now, In Its 20 Yr Peak
*
Discover Now, Will Evolve (20+ Yr)
Tasting Notes

Ann Colgin and Joe Wender's love of wines from the Northern Rhone Valley inspired them to plant syrah at IX Estate. This rugged high elevation, east-facing slope with extremely rocky soil has proven to be an exceptional site for this varietal. Planted on low yielding old clones with pedigrees originating in the Cote-Rotie and Hermitage regions of France, IX Estate produces syrah with saturated black color, essences of wild blackberries and a sauvage note of game and animal.

The Colgin Syrah is vinified from four separate one acre parcels at IX Estate each with its own site specific attributes. All four plots have a different clone and rootstock combination along with soil changes which create four distinctive components. To craft the most complex final blend, we painstakingly ferment and age all lots separately, selecting only the finest lots. Fermentation and maceration resulted in an average vatting time of 45 days. After 16 months of barrel ageing this Syrah was racked only once in preparation for bottling. The wine was bottled in March 2006 without fining or filtration. Utilizing many old and modern winemaking techniques, we strive to create a Syrah that is varietally correct, site specific and to uphold the Colgin dedication to quality.

"Our 2004 Syrah will astound you with its overall expression of Rhone meets Colgin. Syrah generally invokes all sorts of complex secondary aromatics unlike any other grape varietal. The wine possesses the Colgin hallmark of saturated black color and fresh uplifting aromatics of tobacco leaf, white and black pepper. This Syrah expresses its characteristics in a multidimensional manner with primary fruit aromatics moving to terroir driven earth, rock and organic aromas. The overall tannin structure and mouth feel are plush and suave. As with all of the wines produced by Colgin Cellars, our most important goal is to accentuate the elusive terroir. This Syrah continually evolves in the glass and is beautiful near term, will gain complexity with time and has the balance and structure to age for two decades."

2003 seductive Violets, licorice, bouillon, tobacco *

Character

seductive

High-Level Notes

Violets, licorice, bouillon, tobacco

Delicious Now, In Its 20 Yr Peak
*
Discover Now, Will Evolve (20+ Yr)
Tasting Notes

Ann Colgin and Joe Wender's love of wines from the Northern Rhone Valley inspired them to plant syrah at IX Estate. This rugged high elevation, east-facing slope with extremely rocky soil is proving to be an exceptional site for this varietal. Planted on low yielding old clones with pedigrees originating in the Cote-Rotie and Hermitage regions of France, IX Estate produces syrah with saturated black color, essences of wild blackberries and a sauvage note of game and animal.

Winemaking showcases the highly intense, ripe syrah grapes from the four different plots at the vineyard. Each plot is fermented separately in a combination of open top vats and conventional closed stainless steel fermenters. The 2003 wine had an average vatting time of 52 days and was aged for nineteen months in 100% new French oak barrels while maintaining fine lees contact to further increase the complexity and give greater body in the process. The wine was racked just once before bottling without fining or filtration.

2002 awakening Marmalade, stony, silky, iron *

Character

awakening

High-Level Notes

Marmalade, stony, silky, iron

Delicious Now, In Its 20 Yr Peak
*
Discover Now, Will Evolve (20+ Yr)
Tasting Notes

Ann Colgin and Joe Wender's love of wines from the Northern Rhone Valley inspired them to plant syrah at IX Estate. This rugged high elevation, east-facing slope with extremely rocky soil is proving to be an exceptional site for this varietal. Planted on low yielding old clones with pedigrees originating in the Cote-Rotie and Hermitage regions of France, IX Estate produces syrah with saturated black color, essences of wild blackberries and a sauvage note of game and animal.

Winemaking showcases the highly intense, ripe syrah grapes from the four different plots at the vineyard. Each plot is fermented separately in a combination of open top vats and conventional closed stainless steel fermenters. Cold soaks and extended macerations are employed as part of the overall fermentation regime. The 2002 wine was aged for fourteen months in nearly all new French oak barrels while maintaining fine lees contact to further increase the complexity of aromatics and give greater body in the process.

"An intense deep black with deep red on edge indicates ripe and varietally correct color in this syrah. In the glass, the wine has almost a black center which I feel gives a guarantee of further aromatic complexity developing and long aging potential. Initially, my impressions are of fresh ripe black cherries, intertwined with an earthy background. After just a few moments, there is a complex, savory note of white and black pepper and gamey meats, indicating a true relation between the varietal and the terroir. Across the palate, the wine shows off its pedigree and the wonderful vintage that 2002 is known for; high ripeness and hedonistic, racy tannin structure and uncanny fresh fruit notes. Bottled in February 2004 without fining or filtration, the 2002 'IX Estate' Syrah is drinking beautifully now but has the structure to age beautifully for ten to fifteen years."

“[Colgin’s Syrahs] are completely different from any other California Syrahs and have an affinity to some of the great 100% single vineyard Syrahs…”

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

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