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Average critic rating : 100.0 points
Another perfect wine, which has turned out even better than I anticipated seven years ago, is the estate wine, the 2002 IX Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot from the hillsides above the winery (one of the most gorgeous vineyards I’ve ever seen in the world). Yields were a frightening one-half ton per acre. Like all of Colgin’s 2002s, as this wine sat in the glass it seemed to change and improve every 20 seconds or so. Gorgeous black/plum/purple in color, much like the Tychson Hill, it offers up a completely different set of aromatics, ranging from Asian soy to damp forest floor to hints of mountain laurel, lavender, roasted meats, a touch of pepper, and wonderfully sweet blackberry and cassis fruit. Some charcoal and subtle barbecue smoke are also present in this extraordinary statement, which has also evolved at a relatively rapid pace. It seems fully mature by most standards yet should hold at this plateau for at least a decade. What is remarkable about all of these wines is that they were aged in 100% new French oak, but the oak has gone into total hiding. ||The debut vintage of the Tychson Hill Vineyard, which is located right on Route 29, north of St. Helena, was 2002. I gave it a prefect score seven years ago, and there’s no reason to change that. My only surprise from my recent tasting is that the wine has evolved slightly faster than I would have thought.||Tel. (707) 963-0999 Wine Advocate.June, 2012
One of the most spectacular winemaking properties in California, Colgin sits atop Pritchard Hill in St Helena, affording stunning views of Lake Hennessey and the surrounding mountains. An estate with a highly distinctive aesthetic, Colgin displays works of art throughout the winery, reflecting Vintner Ann Colgin’s arts background and passion for detail.
Founded in 1992, Colgin has rapidly established its reputation for Cabernet-based blends. There are three Bordeaux blend offerings – the Tychson Hill, the IX and the Cariad - all of which have, at various points, scored perfect 100 point scores with Robert Parker. There is also a fourth wine, the IX Estate Syrah, which in its best years closely resembles top-flight Northern Rhone.
The estate maintains an unusual distribution policy, selling small bottle allocations to restaurants and private customers on the wildly oversubscribed mailing list rather than to retailers. This, combined with the estate’s outstanding reputation, makes availability on the secondary market consistently scarce and the wines worth snapping up wherever you find them.
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