At over 1300 feet of elevation on Pritchard Hill, the Colgin IX Estate is not only one of the most visually stunning properties in Napa Valley but also home to some of the best vines in all of California.
It was the IX Estate Red that elevated Colgin to the top tier of cult producers with their first 100-point wine in 2002. Since then, a virtually identical winemaking and vineyard team has crafted wines in successive vintages up to the present day, with no expense spared along the way. The rocky, volcanic soils lend a structure and minerality to the wines that is distinctly Pritchard Hill. Not only do the wines age exceptionally well, but they have also proven to hold value and are among the most consistent in Napa year in, year out.
A glance at the tasting notes below will tell you all you need to know about the Colgin IX Estate 2019, with The Wine Advocate's Lisa Perrotti-Brown stating, "this multi-layered, seamless beauty is just breathtaking", Jeb Dunnuck noting "utterly flawless balance" and James Suckling saying "reminds me of the 1990 Latour".
With half a century of ageing potential ahead of it, this exceptional wine will happily sit in your cellar alongside the very best in the world.
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£1530/3 IB (3x75cl)
100 Points | Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate
2019 was a late-ripening vintage at Colgin’s IX Estate on Pritchard Hill. Much was picked during the third week of October, allowing winemaker Allison Tauzier to perform a little more co-fermentation. The 2019 IX Estate is opaque purple-black in color, needing a little coaxing to unlock notions of blackberry preserves, baked plums and crème de cassis, plus hints of pencil lead, star anise, wild sage and Indian spices, leading to a fragrant waft of lavender. Built like a brick house, the opulent, full-bodied palate is perfectly framed by super firm, exquisitely ripe tannins and a fantastic acid line to give lift throughout the long earthy finish. So finely knit together, this multi-layered, seamless beauty is just breathtaking.
100 Points | Jeb Dunnuck
One of the more backward, mineral-laced, age-worthy wines in the vintage, the 2019 Cabernet IX Estate comes from the estate property on Pritchard Hill, which is unquestionably one of the greatest terroirs in the Valley. Incredibly pure crème de cassis, smoked tobacco, spicy oak, graphite, chocolate, and crushed stone are just some of the nuances here. Hitting the palate with full-bodied richness, it has a stacked mid-palate, building tannins, utterly flawless balance, and the class to benefit from 5-7 years of bottle age and cruise for 50 years or so. Hopefully I’ll still be around to be test this prediction!
100 Points | James Suckling
Ripe cherries, plums and flowers on the nose. Orange peel, too, together with hints of thyme, bay leaf and sage. Medium-to full-bodied, incredibly deep and fresh, with fine tannins that carry you deep down into the finish. It tells you its great, but makes you spend time in order to understand it. Reminds me of the 1990 Latour. Try after 2027.