Colgin has been producing some of the finest Cabernet blends in Napa Valley since its first vintage in 1992. Within just 13 years, it was recognised as one of the top 50 wine estates in the world by Robert Parker.
Founder Anne Colgin had been looking for suitable mountainside Napa fruit that she could source to produce her own wine since 1988. In 1992 she discovered the Herb Lamb vineyard, a rocky hillside site on Howell Mountain in the St. Helena AVA of Napa Valley. After reaching an agreement with the vineyard owner that same year, Colgin was allocated the top seven rows of vines to source her fruit.
The Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was the only wine produced for
the first seven years at the estate. It was the wine’s quality and scarcity, at just over 100 cases most years, that steadily built Colgin’s reputation.
In 1999, Colgin went on to produce a second wine called “Cariad”, a
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot blend made with fruit sourced from David Abreu’s Madrona Ranch and Thorevilos vineyards, also both in St Helena.
Colgin’s love of mountainside fruit led her to explore the region further,
looking for more suitable sites. In 1996, she purchased her own three-and-a-half-acre site, situated in the foothills of the Mayacamas mountains just north of the St Helena, which she named Tychson Hill. The first vintage was 2000.
In 1998 she purchased another 20-acre site on Pritchard Hill, another
mountainside vineyard at 350 metres' altitude. It is here she also built her own winery. The wine from this plot is called the IX Estate and its first vintage was 2002.
The 2007 marked the final vintage of the Herb Lamb Cabernet, as the
fruit was no longer available. Today the estate produces just four wines: the Cariad, the IX Estate, the Tychson Hill and a tiny production of IX Estate Syrah.
All the wines at Colgin have an emphasis on freshness, minerality and
perfumed aromas using very reductive winemaking techniques and short maceration times. Fermentation of all the wines is in stainless steel tanks before maturation in new French oak barrels. The wines are rich in tannins and have tremendous ageing potential.
In 2017, Colgin was part-sold to LVMH. As a result, the Colgin estate
became a member of Vins d’Exception, joining Ch. Cheval Blanc, Ch.
d’Yquem, and Domaine du Clos des Lambrays, also part-owned by LVMH.