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    Beef Short Rib Bourguignon

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My favorite of the 2005 Colgins is the 2005 IX Proprietary Red Estate, a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The good news is that there are 1,500 cases of this blockbuster wine, which has a Bordeaux framework but the exuberance and richness as well as fruit purity of a great Napa wine. Deep purple in color with an extraordinary nose of scorched earth, blueberries, and black currants inter...


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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The 2005 vintage marks the fourth year we've produced our proprietary red blend from the new estate, and now we are truly experiencing the amazing potential of this site's terroir. IX Estate completely blows away the myth that wines from young vines are not as complex as those from older vines. That being said, as these vines continue to mature and are managed with our meticulous methods, IX Estate will no doubt become the new hallmark of Colg...


Tasting note


Deep, Ruby red and Clear


Long, Smooth and Lingering


Blackcurrant, Vanilla, Toasty and Floral


Youthful, Complex and Seductive


Medium tannin, Concentrated, Youthful, Full-bodied, Round, Focused and Silky tannins

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As these vines mature, the character of the "IX Estate" terroir will continue to grow. We dropped nearly 75% of the crop to the ground to maximize color and flavor, creating a wine that is difficult to resist. The nose reveals juniper berry, black cherries, chocolate liqueur, roasted herbs, and grilled meat. Secondary aromas of clay, crushed rock, lavender, and mineral are revealed in the glass. On the palate, the wine has layers of luxuriously textured tannins. Fresh acidity brings a balanced amount of structure to the palate. The finish is vibrant and long.

Elegant fruit with layers of cocoa, mocha and blackberry. Just beginning to drink well now but with no tertiary/bottle-aged characters showing. Still more about primary fruit - black plum, hint of black olives and earthy undertones. Firm svelte tannins with long finish.

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St. Helena, Napa Valley

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