The 2017 Colgin IX Estate red is seductive, lush, gripping, supple and unforgettable. This veritable temptress is indeed a bold and boundless Bordeaux blend that truly lives up to the 98pt score it has garnered, with elegantly interwoven tannins and age-worthy balance. One of Pritchard Hill’s finest.
Anne Colgin and her husband Joe Wender have created an iconic wine estate high on Pritchard Hill. Surrounded by the likes of Chappellet, Bryant Family, Continuum, David Arthur and Ovid, this zone has been called “The Rodeo Drive” of the Napa Valley for good reason – its thin, rocky soils produce opulent, long-lived wines and far more than their share of 100-point wines than any other area in the valley. And indeed, Anne and Joe’s “IX” Vineyard has produced 5 “perfect” wines over the last 10 years. “At a certain point, a cult becomes a classic, and if Harlan seems more and more like the Mouton of Napa Valley, Colgin might reasonably be compared with Margaux.” – Jay McInerney, The Wall Street Journal
The 2017 IX Estate is composed of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Opaque purple-black colored, the nose is quite closed and shy to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal freshly crushed blackberries, mulberries and blackcurrants plus suggestions of dusty soil, bouquet garni, pencil lead and cast-iron pan with gentle wafts of sandalwood, cardamom, rare beef and black tea. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house, strutting incredibly ripe yet super firm tannins, and it has lovely, uplifting freshness to help define all those black fruit and savory layers, finishing with epic length.
Blackcurrants, tobacco, gravelly earth, and lead pencil notes emerge from the 2017 IX Estate, which has a Chateau Latour-like austerity and class. Coming from vines around the estate, high up on Pritchard Hill, it builds beautifully on the palate and is full-bodied and massively concentrated, yet has stunning balance as well as polished, silky tannins. Enough can’t be said about the quality coming from this estate, and this is another magical wine that will stand up to the greatest Cabernets in the world.