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    244
  • Producer ranking ?

    54
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now - 2045
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb Loin with Carrot Risotto

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96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2003 IX Estate Proprietary Red is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from their steep hillside vineyards. The youngest, tightest, most masculine wine of this quartet, it will benefit from another 5-6 years of cellaring and should have 25 years of life ahead of it. This impressive, blue/purple-colored 2003 behaves more like a 4- to 5-year-old...

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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 thi...

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Wine connoisseur and critic, Robert Parker considers IX Estate "as close to a viticultural nirvana as I have ever seen." The Wine Advocate Issue 150. This twenty acre vineyard in the Pritchard Hill area of Napa Valley has been carved out of the rugged, rocky terrain of a one hundred and twenty acre hillside parcel that comprises IX Estate and is also home to Colgin's gravity fed winemaking facility. The low yielding vineyard overlooks Lake Hen...

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The first impression of the 2003 "IX Estate" gives new meaning to the word intense. Each component of this wine displays depth of color and aromatics. Perfectly composed and brilliantly defined are the aromatics of fresh red berries, black licorice, and ripe black cherries. The full-bodied tannins of the 2003 "IX Estate" ensure its ability to age gracefully for many decades.

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Origin

St. Helena, Napa Valley

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