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Average critic rating : 98.0 points
From Colgin’s first-growth quality estate vineyard, Tychson Hill, located north of St. Helena, on the western slopes, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard is performing far better out of bottle than it did from cask. An extraordinary bouquet of flowers, cedar, tobacco leaf, black currants, blueberries, chocolate, and scorched earth scents is followed by a wine of prodigious concentration, purity, depth, and sweet tannins. An amazing effort for this vintage, it is a compelling bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon.||Colgin is one of the reference points for just what heights mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux varietals, and more recently, Syrah, can achieve in Napa Valley. This beautiful estate and winery overlooking Lake Hennessey is owned by Joe Wender and his wife, Ann Colgin (equally renowned for her auctioneering skills), who are assisted by David Abreu, the well-known Bordeaux wine consultant, Dr. Alain Raynaud, and Allison Tauziet, who has skillfully replaced the brilliant Mark Aubert. As the scores and tasting notes suggest, this was an exceptional tasting. Colgin’s 2006s are among the finest wines produced in the vintage.||Tel. (707) 963-0999; Fax (707) 963-0996 Wine Advocate.December, 2008
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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