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IX Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon  2002

After years of searching for the ideal property in the hills of Napa Valley, Ann Colgin and her husband, Joe Wender purchased IX Estate overlooking Lake Hennessey in 1998. With a vision to create an outstanding Bordeaux style blend, carefully selected clones and rootstocks were chosen and the vineyard was laid out in small plots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. There are nearly twenty separate plots in all! In an effort to clearly emphasize the differences of each of these varietals and their positions on the estate, the winemaking team ferments each plot separately in the new state of the art tank room and then tracks the individual lots throughout the aging process. The rocky, low fertility vineyard yields a mere one and one half to two tons per acre. This exceptional site coupled with classic winemaking techniques creates a rich, dense and exotic wine


"The color and overall intensity of this Cabernet is a deeply pitched red to black. The wine has vibrant clarity which is indicative of a great vintage. Aromatics are also vibrant with a fresh tone of red skinned fruits such as cherries and even raspberries coupled with exotic spices such as tamarind. The complexity of this wine develops further to include earthy, soil driven notes as well. The mouth feel is pure richness framed by ripe, supple tannins and a fine acid structure. Bottled in February 2004, the IX Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was neither fined nor filtered. The wine will continue to improve with bottle aging or will drink well near term."


The Story

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, IX Estate Napa Valley Red is distinguished by complex fruit interplays, a luscious nose of rustic herbs, iron, clay and black fruits, huge layers of flavor and supple, sweet tannins impeccably well-balanced. The number IX refers to the parcel number and is also significant as the date Ann and Joe were married: 9/9. The 2002 vintage was the first, of four vintages, from this property to achieve the highest accolade of “a perfect wine”. Each year the blend displays extraordinary intensity, a beautiful purity, and a remarkably long finish. Approachable when young, it ages most gracefully


Wine Information

Ann Colgin and Joe Wender's love of wines from the Northern Rhone Valley inspired them to plant syrah at IX Estate. This rugged high elevation, east-facing slope with extremely rocky soil is proving to be an exceptional site for this varietal. Planted on low yielding old clones with pedigrees originating in the Cote-Rotie and Hermitage regions of France, IX Estate produces syrah with saturated black color, essences of wild blackberries and a sauvage note of game and animal.

Winemaking showcases the highly intense, ripe syrah grapes from the four different plots at the vineyard. Each plot is fermented separately in a combination of open top vats and conventional closed stainless steel fermenters. Cold soaks and extended macerations are employed as part of the overall fermentation regime. The 2002 wine was aged for fourteen months in nearly all new French oak barrels while maintaining fine lees contact to further increase the complexity of aromatics and give greater body in the process.

Winemaker Mark Aubert's Tasting Notes -

"An intense deep black with deep red on edge indicates ripe and varietally correct color in this syrah. In the glass, the wine has almost a black center which I feel gives a guarantee of further aromatic complexity developing and long aging potential. Initially, my impressions are of fresh ripe black cherries, intertwined with an earthy background. After just a few moments, there is a complex, savory note of white and black pepper and gamey meats, indicating a true relation between the varietal and the terroir. Across the palate, the wine shows off its pedigree and the wonderful vintage that 2002 is known for; high ripeness and hedonistic, racy tannin structure and uncanny fresh fruit notes. Bottled in February 2004 without fining or filtration, the 2002 IX Estate Syrah is drinking beautifully now but has the structure to age beautifully for ten to fifteen years."

We released 150 cases of 2002 Colgin "IX Estate" Syrah in April 2005. Release price $125.


Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2013 2010 2005
690€ +19.0% 580€ +9.6% 529€ +25.1% 423€ +8.5% 390€ -15.0% 459€

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Tasting note


Deep, Ruby red and Clear


Long, Smooth and Extensive


Blackcurrant, Vanilla and Toasty


Ripe and Seductive


Warming, Medium tannin, Well-Integrated, Youthful, Full-bodied and Harmonious

Written Notes

The ninth red of the night had another exotic nose - very kinky but more beefy, still seductive with its chocolate and coffee. The palate was similar with great balance and a firm finish. The wine didn't explode on the finish like some other reds, but it did keep gaining in the glass and was one of my top five wines
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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.

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