Our “IX Estate” is a powerful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot.

“IX Estate” is a wine of great power with towering aromatics of dark fruits, savory herbs, and spice. First produced in 2002, “IX Estate” can be enjoyed in youth and ages gracefully for years to come.

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2017 valiant Black currant, plum, bay leaf, fresh, smooth, staining *

Character

valiant

High-Level Notes

Black currant, plum, bay leaf, fresh, smooth, staining

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The 2017 “IX Estate” beams from the glass with a feeling of purpose and a sense of place. In its youth, this vintage has continually shown enhanced soil driven aromas such as iron and graphite along with the sappy wild sage that grows in the periphery of this site. Raspberry and marzipan combine with juniper and nutmeg, adding complexity at every sip. The 2017 “IX Estate” offers a balance of firm yet pleasurable structure and a harmonious succulence. The 2017 “IX Estate” retains focus and purity combined with heightened acidity ensuring it will last for decades.

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 radiant Ripe raspberry, violet, gravel, herbs, velvety, pixelated *

Character

radiant

High-Level Notes

Ripe raspberry, violet, gravel, herbs, velvety, pixelated

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The 2016 “IX Estate” reflects many facets of flavor. Where prior vintages had an imprint of the drought’s flavor concentration, the 2016 “IX Estate” expresses the energy and vitality that returned to the vines during the growing season. The wine first offers dark notes of chocolate covered cherries, graphite and incense, but soon unfolds further to reveal bright cooling flavors. Juniper, sage, fresh rosemary and jasmine tea marry with the fruit. The supple fine-grained tannins coat the palate with tremendous finesse, offering textural depth in a multitude of layers. A bright note of acid adds harmony and freshness while flavors expand further creating an exceptionally perfumed finish.

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 glossy Luxurious, macerated blackberry, tobacco, chocolate, gliding *

Character

glossy

High-Level Notes

Luxurious, macerated blackberry, tobacco, chocolate, gliding

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The 2015 “IX Estate” is exotic and intoxicating. Dark notes of chocolate truffle are infused with bright, lively aromas of lavender, mint, and dark cherry. A gorgeously savory aroma of fresh and dried herbs fuses together with the soil driven flavors of iron and crushed rock. A sumptuous sexy texture coats the palate alongside a satisfying touch of acidity as the aromas expand in the mouth, then linger for a very long finish. This vintage of the “IX Estate” exudes liveliness with its bright, bold fragrances, reflecting a vintage with full ripeness that hits every level of satiation.

The 2015 “IX Estate” is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot.

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 vivid Black cherry, black licorice, resinous, polished *

Character

vivid

High-Level Notes

Black cherry, black licorice, resinous, polished

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The 2014 “IX Estate” exhibits a bouquet that marries richness with nuance. The vintage highlights the subtleties of each site. The classic black cherry and licorice at the foundation of this wine are threaded together beautifully with notes of Provençal herbs, iron mineral, and scorched earth. Fresh botanical herbal notes and savory bay leaf show the classicism of Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon itself. The complex flavors are pure and delineated; its immense subtleties are intoxicating. The seamless texture of the 2014 “IX Estate” is suave and smooth, such that its elegance belies its intensity.

The 2014 “IX Estate” Red wine is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot.

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 fearless Succulent, floral blossom, full, minerals *

Character

fearless

High-Level Notes

Succulent, floral blossom, full, minerals

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The 2013 "IX Estate" possesses all the aromas one can attain from this heralded vineyard, seemingly a hypothetical blend of our greatest vintages. This captivating wine seduces you with its concentration of flavors, but beneath the surface we find a wine brimming with nuance. With a nose of sweet floral blossoms and bouquet garni the wine envelops the senses. Vibrant notes of licorice, dark fruit and botanicals meld together with flavors of pure wet mineral and iron. I love the way this vintage weaves its classic Cabernet Sauvignon crème de cassis and dark cherry flavors together with its terroir, like the intoxicating notes of sage oil and juniper. The opulence on the nose carries through onto the palate where it builds smooth, supple layers of tannin. The succulent and savory texture builds to a long, rich finish. Though the 2013 vintage is compelling upon release, the power, breadth and depth will most certainly age for a generation- if we let it.

The 2013 "IX Estate" is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot.

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 sumptuous Plum, grilled herbs, juicy, savory sweetness *

Character

sumptuous

High-Level Notes

Plum, grilled herbs, juicy, savory sweetness

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The 2012 vintage of "IX Estate" portrays the same exuberance of the 2002, with added purity and definition.

This vintage of "IX Estate" captures all of the terroir and the varietal notes we love from this rocky, iron-rich site, with even a greater sense of volume. The wine is loaded with inky cassis, red currant, and black licorice aromatics. The grilled herbs, the iron, and the crushed rock flavors from "IX Estate" beam through the fruit giving this wine a perfect sense of place. The texture is lushly structured with immense volume and a long, persistent finish. The synthesis of fruit and earth reflect ripeness balanced with precision - a hallmark of this vineyard.

The 2012 "IX Estate" is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot.

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 generous Blackberry, black olive, rosemary, sage, fresh *

Character

generous

High-Level Notes

Blackberry, black olive, rosemary, sage, fresh

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The "IX Estate" truly shines in this vintage. This exceptional hillside slope of fractured volcanic rock took full advantage of the long growing season. As the "IX Estate" is an early ripening site, in a later vintage like 2011 we were easily able to fully ripen the fruit and finish our picking by October 20th.

In the 2011 "IX Estate" I find many parallels to the great 2006 vintage from "IX Estate." The 2011 has the same aromatic lift and complexity of the 2006; and shares the elegant texture, viscosity and brilliant acidity of that hallowed vintage.

What we love about the 2011 "IX Estate" is how the wine bursts with freshness and black fruits. The benefit of a cooler growing season is that it preserves the nuanced flavors in the fruit. Scents of rosemary, sage, cracked pepper, black olive and soy in the wine remind me of a juicy marinated steak fresh off the grill. The inherent flavors of the site: iron, crushed rock, fresh garrigue notes of juniper berry and bay leaves are all extremely well delineated in this wine. A layer of dark blackberry and black cherry complete the nose.

The texture is incredibly appealing with its silky and suave round tannins. The wine is elegantly layered and the tannin feels effortless and very smooth on the finish. This vintage could be enjoyed near term for its approachability and suaveness, yet in my opinion it will have the same long aging curve of our other vintages from "IX Estate" as it matures in bottle. The natural acidity in 2011 will no doubt add longevity to the wine, preserving it for decades.

The final blend of the 2011 Colgin "IX Estate" is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

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 confident Crushed rocks, grilled meats, chocolate mint, salivating *

Character

confident

High-Level Notes

Crushed rocks, grilled meats, chocolate mint, salivating

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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.

What I love about the "IX Estate" 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" 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.

The 2010 Colgin "IX Estate" is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot.

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 enchanting Floral perfume, red raspberry, iron, silky *

Character

enchanting

High-Level Notes

Floral perfume, red raspberry, iron, silky

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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 2009 vintage was our eighth 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.

Wow, the 2009 "IX Estate" is incredibly inviting on the nose! A great marriage of aromas of the soil and the dark fruit flavors I associate with this vintage. My first observation is the dark black licorice aroma coming from the Cabernet Franc, but the more I examine the wine, the more number 9 estate notes come through. Gravel, soapstone, talc and especially graphite round out the nose, giving it its sense of place. The purity of aroma is striking and very tempting. I find a meaty side to the wine, of grilled steak and even savory jerky. More memorable than the nose, is the texture of the wine on the palate. Upon first sip, the tannins are both silky and full bodied. The fresh acidity brings a juicy quality to the wine. With tannins that are both round and plump, this wine is just delicious. The lingering structure from the tannin proves the pedigree of the wine. I recommend a minimum of 4 to 5 years of aging, but with long term cellaring the wine could last 20 years or more.

We released 1200 cases of the 2009 Colgin "IX Estate" in November 2012.

The 2009 Colgin "IX Estate" is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot.

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 sleek Red cherry, sage, crushed rocks, dried bay leaves *

Character

sleek

High-Level Notes

Red cherry, sage, crushed rocks, dried bay leaves

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The 2008 vintage was our seventh 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."

The 2008 "IX Estate" is all about the aromas of the terroir. The 2008 vintage across the board has resulted in wines that first and foremost reflect their sense of place. The nose of the "IX Estate" is pure crushed rocks, clay and minerals at first, and with air the savory aromas of musk and bay leaf come through. Decadent notes of black licorice, black cherry and cassis bring succulence to the nose. The wine is silky soft up front on the palate, but then develops into deliciously layered tannins. The structure of the wine suggests that it will be long lived. I recommend a long decant of the wine near term or preferably a minimum of 5 years aging before enjoying the wine. After 21 months in new French oak barrels, the wine was bottled in July of 2010 without any fining or filtration.

We released 1000 cases of the 2008 Colgin "IX Estate" in November 2011.

The 2008 Colgin "IX Estate" is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot.

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 luxurious Black licorice, gravel, graphite, cherry, unctuous *

Character

luxurious

High-Level Notes

Black licorice, gravel, graphite, cherry, unctuous

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The 2007 vintage was our sixth 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. With all of this attention to detail, coupled with a stellar growing season, we are thrilled with our 2007 "IX Estate."

The 2007 "IX Estate" is a strikingly deep ruby color and the nose a concentrated elixir of all the wonderful aromatics I love about IX Estate. In 2007, the flavors of the terroir are more dominant than ever. This vintage just has more of everything it seems. Terroir driven flavors of crushed rock, wet graphite, bay leaf and barbecue rub saturate the wine. Aromas of grilled meats, fennel seed, and a lift of black licorice bring seduction to the nose. With a sip, the pliant, silky tannins melt over the palate. The 2007 is dense to the core in every way, but at the same time it is open, expressive and alluring. It will drink well near term with its supple, rich tannins, but patience will be greatly rewarded, as the structure and natural acidity beneath will allow the wine to age 30 years or more.

We released 1500 cases of the 2007 Colgin "IX Estate" in November 2010.

The 2007 Colgin "IX Estate" is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.

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 translucent Red currant, lavender, barbeque rub, mineral tinged *

Character

translucent

High-Level Notes

Red currant, lavender, barbeque rub, mineral tinged

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The 2006 Colgin "IX Estate" is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The 2006 vintage was our fifth vintage making this proprietary red blend from our estate vineyards, and the results just keep getting better and better. "IX Estate" completely blows away the myth that wines from young vines are not as complex as those from older vines. That being said, as these vines continue to mature and are managed with our meticulous methods, "IX Estate" has become the hallmark of Colgin. The 2006 "IX Estate" was an exciting wine in its making. Throughout its life in barrel, the wine continued to add weight and complexity, and continues to do so since bottling.

The 2006 "IX Estate" exhibits a beautiful red ruby color. First impressions on the nose reveal a wine that leaps out of the glass. Aromas of smoked meats, barbecue spice, juniper berry and sage greet the senses. As it continues to unwind, soft feminine aromas of lavender, tangerine, talc and spring flowers take over. When the wine truly hits its stride, secondary notes of graphite and crushed rocks flirt in and out of the nose. The wine is rich in purity yet full of complexity. Supple, round tannins coat the palate, with a lingering silky texture. Soft yet powerful, the 2006 "IX Estate" displays hallmarks of the Colgin style more so than ever before. This wine was aged for 20 months in new French oak barrels, and was racked just before blending and bottled in July 2008. The 2006 "IX Estate" will drink well near term, and will continue to age for 20 or more years.

We released 1500 cases of the 2006 Colgin "IX Estate" in November 2009.

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 sophisticated Floral red fruits, cocoa nibs, dark, meaty, full *

Character

sophisticated

High-Level Notes

Floral red fruits, cocoa nibs, dark, meaty, full

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Tasting Notes

The 2005 Colgin "IX Estate" is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. The 2005 vintage marks the fourth year we've produced our proprietary red blend from the new estate, and now we are truly experiencing the amazing potential of this site's terroir. "IX Estate" completely blows away the myth that wines from young vines are not as complex as those from older vines. That being said, as these vines continue to mature and are managed with our meticulous methods, "IX Estate" will no doubt become the new hallmark of Colgin. With the 2005 vintage as a gauge, there really is no doubt. We dropped nearly 75% of the crop to the ground in 2005 in order to maximize color and flavor and here are the results:

With a color saturation of purple ruby, this wine feels difficult to resist. First impressions on the nose reveal roasted herbs, grilled meat juices, juniper berry, black cherries and chocolate liqueur. Secondary aromas of terroir evolve out of this wine, such as wet clay, crushed rock, lavendar and mineral. On the palate, the wine has a supple entry with layers of lusciously textured tannin. A fresh natural acidity brings just the right amount of structure to the palate. The finish is vibrant and long. This wine was aged sur lees for 20 months and was racked just before blending and bottling in June 2007. The 2005 "IX Estate" will age for 30 or more years, but will also drink well in 4-6 years near term.

We released 1500 cases of the 2005 Colgin "IX Estate" in April 2008.

2004 earnest Dark fruits, bouquet garni, sage, olive *

Character

earnest

High-Level Notes

Dark fruits, bouquet garni, sage, olive

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

Wine connoisseur and critic, Robert Parker considers IX Estate "as close to a viticultural nirvana as I have ever seen." The Wine Advocate Issue 150. This twenty acre vineyard in the Pritchard Hill area of Napa Valley has been carved out of the rugged, rocky terrain of a one hundred and twenty acre hillside parcel that comprises IX Estate and is also home to Colgin's gravity fed winemaking facility. The low yielding vineyard overlooks Lake Hennessey and at 900-1400 feet the elevation insures a cooler than average temperature which gently ripens the fruit and preserves many subtle nuances in flavors. This site specific climate and terroir coupled with rigorous selection and neo-classical winemaking give the "IX Estate" an unheralded complexity.

The 2004 Colgin "IX Estate" is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot.

"My first impression of the 2004 'IX Estate' gives new meaning to the word intense. All components of this cuvee are deeply pitched in both color and aromatics. The enticing black color of this wine gives the assurance of ripe grape skins and soft tannins. Perfectly delineated are the aromas of fresh red berries and site specific aromatics such as black licorice and fresh black cherry juice. The high elevation of this outstanding vineyard site creates an average five degrees cooler temperature which means slower ripening, allowing flavors to stay ahead of sugar accumulation, preserving subtle nuances and creating fine acid structure. The tannins are silky and the mouth feel is one of the rich and full bodied phenolics. This soft tannin structure frames the ageability and reasssures continued complexity during bottle ageing. This complex wine was only racked once for blending and bottling and was bottled in March 2006 without fining or filtration. The 2004 'IX Estate' will continue to improve for decades or will drink well in 2 to 5 years near term."

We released 1200 cases of 2004 Colgin "IX Estate" in April 2007.

2003 contemplative Violet, black licorice, figs, iron, savory *

Character

contemplative

High-Level Notes

Violet, black licorice, figs, iron, savory

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

Wine connoisseur and critic, Robert Parker considers IX Estate "as close to a viticultural nirvana as I have ever seen." The Wine Advocate Issue 150. This twenty acre vineyard in the Pritchard Hill area of Napa Valley has been carved out of the rugged, rocky terrain of a one hundred and twenty acre hillside parcel that comprises IX Estate and is also home to Colgin's gravity fed winemaking facility. The low yielding vineyard overlooks Lake Hennessey and at 900-1400 feet the elevation insures a cooler than average temperature which gently ripens the fruit and preserves many subtle nuances in flavors. This site specific climate and terroir coupled with rigorous selection and neo-classical winemaking give the "IX Estate" an unheralded complexity.

The 2003 Colgin "IX Estate" is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

"My first impression of the 2003 'IX Estate' gives new meaning to the word intense! Each component of this cuvee was deeply pitched in both color and aromatics. With an average of fifty days on the skins, we were able to capture the elusive "terroir" notes of the IX Estate. Perfectly composed and brilliantly defined are the aromatics of fresh red berries, black licorice and ripe black cherries. Across the palate, the mouthfeel is pure richness framed by ripe, supple tannins with a fine acid structure. After nineteen months of barrel aging in 100% new French oak, the wine was racked just once before bottling without fining or filtration. The full bodied tannin of the 2003 'IX Estate' ensure its ability to age gracefully for two decades, while its freshness and complexity make it a beautiful wine to drink near term."

We released 1200 cases (approximately) of 2003 Colgin "IX Estate" in April 2006.

2002 alluring Dried plum, juniper, stony, pure, regal *

Character

alluring

High-Level Notes

Dried plum, juniper, stony, pure, regal

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

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.

"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.

“Year in, year out, [Colgin’s wines] are some of the most spectacular, singular, and compelling wines made in the world…

There’s nothing over the top and they shine for their elegance, complexity, and nuance just as much as for their considerable richness and power. Life is too short to not try these wines at least once!”

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