Colgin IX Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2011

$299.99

Limited Colgin red available. 92 points, Robert Parker:  "The 2011 IX Estate (66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot) possesses surprising density and richness (then again, it-s from a hillside vineyard that was above the fog line in 2011), impressive purity, lots of red, blue and black fruits, and not a trace of herbaceousness. The oak is nicely integrated in this soft, round, generously endowed effort. It should drink nicely for a decade or more... ..There are a lot of magnificent estates with Shangri-La-like beauty spread throughout California, and the Colgin property is in the top ten list for spectacular views as well as top quality. Sitting atop Pritchard Hill with stunning views of Lake Hennessey and the surrounding mountains, their IX Estate Vineyard is on a steep, intimidating hillside. It is one of the must-see attractions in Northern California, if not the entire state. The longstanding winemaking team of Ann Colgin, Allison Tauziet and Bordeaux consultant Dr. Alain Raynaud has produced some magnificent wines over the years (the 2001s, 2002s, 2005s, 2007s and 2008s) as well as amazing efforts in 2009, 2010 and 2012. There are three Bordeaux blend offerings, one from their Tychson Hill estate vineyard off Highway 29, north of St. Helena, and the second, the IX Estate blend. The Cariad is fashioned from a blend of grapes purchased from a number of David Abreu-s well-known and highly respected vineyards. There is also a fourth wine, the IX Estate Syrah, which is often a dead-ringer for a great Northern Rhone. In 2010, March and early April were very cold, but normal conditions persisted over the summer with no heat spikes, and September and October were ideally warm. The results include some spectacular wines that are among the finest I have ever tasted from Colgin. The 2011s were the result of a Draconian-like sorting procedure in both the vineyard and the winery, and significant bleeding of the tanks to concentrate the wines. The wines have turned out well, although as I might expect they are lighter and less significant than the other vintages reviewed. 2012 promises to be a spectacular vintage. This was a big as well as ripe crop (without over-ripeness), and the growing conditions were nearly ideal. In the past, I have underrated Colgin-s Syrahs only to have them in blind tastings later and be blown away by just how profound they are. They are completely different from any other California Syrahs and have an affinity to some of the great 100% single vineyard Syrahs from Michel Chapoutier and the up-and-coming firm of Delas."

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Ratings on Delectable

Justin Wroe

Delicious

Delicious

10

Andrew Steffensmeier Delectable Pro

Nice balance, fruit and lift. Fruit and savory notes play well off each other.

Nice balance, fruit and lift. Fruit and savory notes play well off each other.

9.3

Martin G Rivard Delectable Pro

Love Colgin. We are opening the 11 & 12 tonight to compare. The 11 is soft and seems light on the palate. Excellent but not drop dead gorgeous.

Love Colgin. We are opening the 11 & 12 tonight to compare. The 11 is soft and seems light on the palate. Excellent but not drop dead gorgeous.

9.2

Rich

Yes This!!

Yes This!!

9.5

V M

This is one of the stars of the vintage by far. I can count on one hand how many 2011 Napa reds I like. This wine is NOT a fruit bomb but rather it is beautifully adapted to the vintage and for me most importantly does not display those South American green pepper and herb notes like so many of its 2011 peers (something that for me is a deal breaker). Nose is pure soy sauce with pipe tobacco and ripe plum. Palate is dark cherry and with a defined salinity and with expressive limestone and crushed rocks. Finish is subtle but lingers for 60 seconds. This is ready to drink right now but give plenty of air.

This is one of the stars of the vintage by far. I can count on one hand how many 2011 Napa reds I like. This wine is NOT a fruit bomb but rather it is beautifully adapted to the vintage and for me most importantly does not display those South American green pepper and herb notes like so many of its 2011 peers (something that for me is a deal breaker). Nose is pure soy sauce with pipe tobacco and ripe plum. Palate is dark cherry and with a defined salinity and with expressive limestone and crushed rocks. Finish is subtle but lingers for 60 seconds. This is ready to drink right now but give plenty of air.

9.6

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