A singular expression of Cabernet Sauvignon that hails from a historic jewel box vineyard; “Tychson Hill,” named after Josephine Tychson, was the first of two vineyards purchased by Colgin in the 1990’s.

Ideally situated on the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, just north of St. Helena, and containing some of the rarest volcanic soil found in the Napa Valley, “Tychson Hill” has long been celebrated for its ethereal qualities, as well as floral notes and red fruit distinguishable in every vintage.

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2017 nostalgic Slate, roses, red cherry, bright, textural, lasting *

Character

nostalgic

High-Level Notes

Slate, roses, red cherry, bright, textural, lasting

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“Tychson Hill” reflects a deeper, darker element in the 2017 vintage, a compelling expression of the site with delicious flavors of black cherry, black currant, and molten chocolate. With a sense of purity and a feeling of clarity, the 2017 “Tychson Hill” unfolds with intricacy across the palate. The texture is supported by greater tannins with a dusted cocoa sensation. The balance between sweet ripe tannins and a crystalline acidity give the wine a calculated feeling of precision. These attributes ensure the 2017 “Tychson Hill” has an extended ability to age.

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 zen Effortless, raspberry preserves, graphite, vanilla bean, persistent *

Character

zen

High-Level Notes

Effortless, raspberry preserves, graphite, vanilla bean, persistent

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The pure expression of fruit and mineral in the 2016 “Tychson Hill” shows the energy of the vintage. The ideal growing season of 2016 imparts into the wine an innate sense of finesse and succulence. Brimming with black cherry, plum, and black currant, the 2016 vintage exudes the classic flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon. Compelling notes of cobblestones and graphite meld with a graceful lift of talc and floral. A harmonious texture of seamless tannins builds in breadth and layers as the wine glides across the palate.

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 harmonious Concentrated, bushels of red fruit, anise, cinnamon, cashmere *

Character

harmonious

High-Level Notes

Concentrated, bushels of red fruit, anise, cinnamon, cashmere

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The 2015 “Tychson Hill” is a mesmerizing wine, balancing intensely fragrant ripe fruits with nuanced soft floral notes. The 2015 season accentuates the subtleties into one magnificent bouquet, showing a more deeply concentrated side of Tychson Hill. Black cherry chocolate truffle and macerated blackberries jump out of the glass, followed by pure notes of fresh roses, honeysuckle, and fennel bulb. Layers of finessed tannin softly coat the palate. The suppleness disguises the structure beneath, finishing with a lingering flowery perfume.

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 vibrant Blackberry, plum, vivid, jasmine, intense, unctuous *

Character

vibrant

High-Level Notes

Blackberry, plum, vivid, jasmine, intense, unctuous

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The 2014 “Tychson Hill” demonstrates the freshness of the vintage with its layers of floral scents such as roses, wildflowers, jasmine, and violets. This wine shows great precision with notes of blackberry and dark cherry balanced with a juicy acidity on the palate. Graphite and a strong sense of mineral add poise to this exuberant and flavorful vintage. The polished tannins are lush and decadent with intensely vibrant flavors that carry to a very long finish.

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 compelling Sumptuous, ripe red fruits, nectar, deep and rich *

Character

compelling

High-Level Notes

Sumptuous, ripe red fruits, nectar, deep and rich

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The black cherry and rich red raspberry characters we love from the Tychson Hill Vineyard are vivid and alive in 2013. The aromas in this succulent wine are layered with graphite and notes of jasmine and exotic vanilla. The seamlessness, the elegance and the haunting floral lift form a perfect composition of beauty and power, with refinement.

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 indulgent Raspberry, almond, iron, honeysuckle *

Character

indulgent

High-Level Notes

Raspberry, almond, iron, honeysuckle

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The purity of flavor and the complexity of this historic site shine through in the 2012 "Tychson Hill." This seductively delicious wine portrays the fragrance and the seamless texture that is exceedingly consistent to "Tychson Hill." Because of the textbook growing season, the 2012 “Tychson Hill” possesses a dark red fruit profile, expressing forward aromas of ripe black cherry and rich red raspberry. The seamlessness and elegance of this notable site are underscored by more power in 2012.

The intensity of these flavors gives the sense of a perfectly ripe fruit picked just at its peak. Even more, an exotic and fragrant blend of floral blossom, vanilla and dark cocoa add layers of depth to the nose. The 2012 saturates the palate upon entry with its suave and graceful texture. As these plump tannins evolve, they gain succulence and density, possessing a savory quality of umami. A cobblestone mineral note persists to the finish.

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 stately Blackberry, tobacco leaf, gravel, suavely textured *

Character

stately

High-Level Notes

Blackberry, tobacco leaf, gravel, suavely textured

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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.

The wine produced from "Tychson Hill" in 2011 perfectly exemplifies the hallmark of the vintage- vivid aromatics. This wine is loaded with perfumed floral notes of violets, purple wildflowers and even a hint of rose. Underneath these seductive layers, I find undertones of darker fruit flavors such as black cherry, boysenberry and licorice. Subtle hints of Thai spices, vanillin and wet stones bring complexity and distinction to the nose. The texture is classic for "Tychson Hill," with silky, suave tannins that elegantly coat the palate. The wine~s inner density and freshness linger into a deliciously long finish. The perfume alone makes this wine enjoyable near term, yet the freshness and youth it shows suggest it has a very long life ahead.

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 timeless Fresh berries, talc, forest floor, cracked pepper, polished *

Character

timeless

High-Level Notes

Fresh berries, talc, forest floor, cracked pepper, polished

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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.

The 2010 "Tychson Hill" wine is seductive and elegant. The nose is initially filled with scents of black cherry liqueur and dark chocolate. Those qualities are tempered by the mineral aromas of graphite and talc, which come from the cobble-stone soil. The texture of this wine is silky and layered with the classic seamlessness from this tiny vineyard site. The long-growing season of 2010 brings the aromatics to a new level, yet maintains the purity of what "Tychson Hill" is known for. This is definitely an age worthy vintage of this wine, yet the suaveness that it shows today makes for absolutely delicious drinking near term with a longer decanting.

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 feminine Dark cherry, dried rose petals, forest floor *

Character

feminine

High-Level Notes

Dark cherry, dried rose petals, forest floor

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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 of our "Tychson Hill" wine opens with a beautiful perfume from the glass. This is perhaps the most concentrated and pure wine from Tychson Hill in recent vintages, thanks in part to a very small newly planted portion of the vineyard. A tiny amount (less than 5%) of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot bring verve to the wine with aromas like dark licorice, boysenberry and honeysuckle. The uniqueness of the site continues to dictate the true essence of the wine, with complex aromas of rocks and loam, and a lingering barbecue smoke. On the palate the texture is delectably silky and velvety. With an elegance and richness already present in its youth, the wine is delicious on release, but I'd recommend that the best is certainly left to come, perhaps within 3 to 5 years, yet lasting for 20 or more."

We released 250 cases of the 2009 "Tychson Hill" in March 2013.

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 racy Red licorice, vanillin, pomegranate, supple, refreshing *

Character

racy

High-Level Notes

Red licorice, vanillin, pomegranate, supple, refreshing

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"The 2008 vintage 'Tychson Hill' is elegant and feminine in nature. The nose reveals flavors of purple fruits, black cherries, honeysuckle and cardamom. While exhibiting this beautiful perfume, the wine also has many darker, more brooding notes of barbecue smoke,chocolate malt and charcoal. The texture is immediately silky on the palate, with a pleasing roundness and delicious length to the tannin. The elegance of this wine will persist as it ages, so I recommend a minimum of 3 years of cellar time before opening. The wine should age gracefully for 20 years or more."

We released 150 cases of the 2008 "Tychson Hill" Cabernet Sauvignon in March 2012.

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 decadent Blackberry, cracked pepper, black licorice, finely textured *

Character

decadent

High-Level Notes

Blackberry, cracked pepper, black licorice, finely textured

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"The 2007 vintage 'Tychson Hill' is purely seductive on the nose. Raspberry chocolate notes jump from the glass, along with complex notes of crushed rocks and barbecue spices. I love the floral perfume that always comes through in each vintage of 'Tychson Hill.' The seductive quality of the wine follows through to the texture, where layers of luscious, silky tannins coat the palate and linger. The richness on the mid palate is extraordinarily appealing. I anticipate this wine could be delicious upon release, but with patience and at least 3 years of cellaring you will be greatly rewarded. This wine ought to age gracefully for the next 20 to 25 years."

We released 221 cases of the 2007 "Tychson Hill" in March 2011.

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 focused Graphite, cherry, sea breeze, floral, broad, long *

Character

focused

High-Level Notes

Graphite, cherry, sea breeze, floral, broad, long

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"The 2006 vintage 'Tychson Hill' is a wonderfully aromatic wine. The wine is laced with a beautiful gravelly note, as well as an element of graphite. Feminine aromas of honeysuckle, perfume and talc leap from the glass, followed by darker notes of charcoal smoke, wet stone and barbecue spices. On the palate, the wine has a deliciously round and plush entry. There is great finesse to the tannin, which is quite silky.

As we aged this vintage of 'Tychson Hill' in barrel, the tannins became more and more polished, and we captured that at just the right moment for bottling, in August 2008. The wine is delightfully approachable upon release, yet will age gracefully for 15 to 20 years. "

We released 250 cases of the 2006 "Tychson Hill" in March 2010.

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 seamless Supple, black raspberry, damp earth, truffle *

Character

seamless

High-Level Notes

Supple, black raspberry, damp earth, truffle

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The development of the fruit on the Tychson Hill vines in 2005 was picture perfect. In order to concentrate the flavor and color of the grapes, we removed fruit from the vines on 3 different occasions in this vintage. The fruit was picked in the middle of October and arrived at our doorsteps with perfectly plump, fresh berries, and very little sorting was needed as we destemmed the fruit into the stainless steel tanks. After 41 days of maceration, the wine was gently drained from the skins and put into new French oak barrels, where it underwent malolactic fermentation and barrel aged for a total of 20 months before bottling in June 2007.

"My first impression of this wine at the time of release is how surprisingly demure it is at first. I know how much power is at the core of the wine, and so I find it fantastically seductive the way it pulls you in to explore its depths. At first it exhibits dark undertones of smoked cayenne, musk, and ripe plums, yet as it is exposed to air in the glass it slowly unfolds and expresses compelling organic aromas of peat, nutmeg, and savory grilled steak juices. The wine is incredibly soft and silky on the front of the palate, and gains an amazing amount of weight as it glides to the back. The texture is delicious and draws you back so easily with its elegant, lingering finish. Given the nature of the wines self expression at this time, I recommend 3 years of cellar age, and with that you will be handsomely rewarded. With the freshness of the acidity and the coating texture to the tannin, I anticipate a long lived bottle age of 20 or more years."

We released 250 cases of the 2005 "Tychson Hill" in November 2008.

2004 commanding Elixir of fruit, white flowers, sumptuous, enveloping *

Character

commanding

High-Level Notes

Elixir of fruit, white flowers, sumptuous, enveloping

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In 2004 the Cabernet grapes from our 2 ½ acre Tychson Hill property once again developed deliciously intense flavors on the vine. To maintain the purity of the fruit, the wines were fermented in stainless steel vats and macerated with the skins for a total of 43 days. After an 18 month elevage in new French oak barrels, the wines were racked only in preparation for bottling in March 2006.

"Aromas that span the entire spectrum of flavor practically leap out of the glass. This ruby stained wine starts off with a fragrant perfume of sweet floral, cassis, and pomegranate notes that soon open up with secondary aromas of savory barbecue, saline air, crushed rock, saddle soap, teriyaki , and meat juices. Even more, the silky and supple tannins coat the palate. This wine is like liquid terroir. From the first sip to the last, the wine evolves to levels we never even knew existed in barrel. The slow fermentation done by the indigenous yeast produced layers of glycerol and extracted tannin that are held together seamlessly with a fresh level of acidity. And beyond that, the fragrance persists for at least a minute long finish."

We released 150 cases of the 2004 "Tychson Hill" in November 2007.

2003 serious Red currant, espresso, crushed rock, tailored texture *

Character

serious

High-Level Notes

Red currant, espresso, crushed rock, tailored texture

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The estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon from the Tychson Hill Vineyard possesses power and elegance with luscious notes of black fruits and sweet earthiness- a wine with a distinctive personality!

"To describe Tychson Hill and the wine it makes I find myself constantly thinking about the great single vineyards of the world and how fortunate we are to have this true "monopole" in our repertoire. Tychson Hill is a small, enclosed two and one-half acre vineyard that produces a miniscule crop of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes each year. In 2003 our berry set was good enabling a few more cases to be made from this small vineyard. Instead of taking three vines to produce one bottle of wine, we averaged one bottle per two vines.

In 2003 we diligently sorted the grapes twice in the winery to ensure that only the most perfect examples of this premier fruit source went into the wine. As winemaker, I am always impressed by how the terroir reveals itself in the wine. The color of this cabernet is deeply pitched red to black. The wine is vibrant and complex with notes of red skinned fruits, earth and exotic spices such as Tamarind. The tannins are ripe and supple and there is good acid structure for ageing. Bottled without fining or filtration, this wine will continue to improve with bottle age or will drink well near term."

We released 240 cases of the 2003 "Tychson Hill" in November 2006.

2002 sensuous Black raspberry, mocha, mineral, lushly textured *

Character

sensuous

High-Level Notes

Black raspberry, mocha, mineral, lushly textured

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

The estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon from the Tychson Hill Vineyard possesses power and elegance with luscious notes of black fruits and sweet earthiness- a wine with a distinctive personality!

"Tychson Hill Vineyard is a small, enclosed two and one half acre vineyard that produces a miniscule crop of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes each year- it takes three vines to produce one bottle of wine from this vineyard. The vines grow on a rare soil type called "Aiken Very Stony Loam." We believe this unique and extraordinary site is what the makes this wine so complex.

In 2002 we celebrated not only our third vintage at Tychson Hill Vineyard but our first crush at the new state of the art, gravity fed winery. As winemaker, what I can never get over is how intense the 'Tychson Hill' wine has become- like Pauillac on steroids! The terroir with its unforgiving volcanic soils of mostly rock and shallow gravel reveals itself in Tychson Hill Vineyard's plethora of aromatics. The color of this cabernet is deeply pitched red to black. The wine is vibrant and complex with notes of red skinned fruits, earth and exotic spices such as Tamarind. The tannins are ripe and supple and there is a fine acid structure. Bottled without fining or filtration, the wine will continue to improve with bottle aging or will drink well near term."

We released 150 cases of the 2002 "Tychson Hill" in November 2005.

2001 regal Gravelly mineral, perfume, black truffle, pure *

Character

regal

High-Level Notes

Gravelly mineral, perfume, black truffle, pure

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

The estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon from the Tychson Hill Vineyard possesses power and elegance with luscious notes of black fruits and sweet earthiness- a wine with a distinctive personality!

"Our second vintage of estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon from the Tychson Hill Vineyard again shows immense Cabernet based qualities unlike any other bottling from Colgin Cellars. The vines grow in unforgiving volcanic soil of mostly rock and shallow gravels. Yields in 2001 were a miserly 1.7 tons per acre or only one bottle of wine for every three vines! The wine reflects this low yield in a color of saturated black centerline and a youthful red edge. This single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is vinified from three separate blocks that make up the Tychson Hill Vineyard. Two of the blocks are planted to a rare Bordeaux clone and the third is a selection of our favorite Napa clone.

The growing season of 2001 produced deeply pleasurable wines reminiscent of no other vintage in recent memory. This cabernet reflects the vintage and the wonderful terroir of Tychson Hill by exhibiting a plethora of aromatics of fresh blackberries, raspberry terrine, sweet earth and minerals. Aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels for nineteen months, the wine has a sweet vanilla tone coupled with rich confectionary like tannins. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration and will age gracefully for two or more decades but will also drink well near term if desired."

We released 190 cases of 2001 Colgin "Tychson Hill" in November 2004.

2000 inviting Perfumed, crushed raspberry, ethereal, charming *

Character

inviting

High-Level Notes

Perfumed, crushed raspberry, ethereal, charming

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

The estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon from the Tychson Hill Vineyard possesses power and elegance with luscious notes of black fruits and sweet earthiness- a wine with a distinctive personality!

Pretty aromatics of lavender, cassis, soy, graphite and dark black fruits with fleshy, delicate tannins. Drink now through 2015. Service: Decant just before service at a temperature of 55F.

The 2000 "Tychson Hill" marks the first vintage of estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon released by Colgin Cellars. The two and one-half acre vineyard planted in 1997 under the supervision of our esteemed vineyard manager, David Abreu has a special terroir and a great history. The land originally belonged to Josephine Tychson, the first female vintner in Napa Valley and the founder of the winery now known as Freemark Abby. Planted on an east-facing slope with a rare Aiken soil type, the vineyard is divided into three blocks. Two blocks are planted to a rare Bordeaux clone and the third is a selection of our favorite Napa Valley clones. The wine possesses an uplifting aroma of fresh berries, sweet earth and minerals. With a saturated black color profile and soft, integrated tannin structure the wine exudes a long, luscious finish. Aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels for nearly 25 months the wine shows the "elevage" of sweet tobacco leaf and barrel nuances. Beautifully balanced the wine is approachable at an early age and will age gracefully.

We released 400 cases of 2000 Colgin "Tychson Hill" in November 2003.

“Tychson Hill blew my mind…this edifying beauty takes Napa Valley elegance and grace to a whole new level.”

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

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