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  • Country ranking ?

    256
  • Producer ranking ?

    58
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Rib Eye Steaks with Demi-Glace and White Bean Purée

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The 2009 vintage was our eighth vintage from IX Estate, and we continue to be overjoyed with the quality of the wines from this site. As our vines become older with each passing year, the wines become more and more consistent. We take incredible care to maximize the potential from this site in so many ways. Through attentive tending of the vines, careful irrigations, strict crop thinning and thoughtful decisions of the timing of harvest, we wo...

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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 Information

The 2009 vintage was one that was characterized by balance. Budbreak started right on schedule in mid March. Though we had only received about two thirds of our normal rainfall over the winter, we were fortunate to have a few small rain events in April and May which would tide the vines over through the beginning of summer. A fairly classic weather pattern set in over the summer time. We experienced only a few days of heat over 100 degrees, wh...

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Tasting note

color

Deep, Purple and Bright

ending

Long, Flavorful and Lingering

flavors

Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Licorice, Voluptuous, Floral and Cassis

nose

Intense, Complex, Fresh and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Concentrated, Good texture, Balanced, Youthful, Full-bodied, Rich, Firm and Round

Verdict

Intelligent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

This is a supple, generous red with attractive aromas of sage, rosemary and black plum. A broader, wider palate profile versus the cooler vintages like the 2008 and the 2006. Ready to enjoy earlier than many other vintages of Colgin IX Estate with accessible flavors with fairly long length.

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Wow, the 2009 "IX Estate" is incredibly inviting on the nose! A great marriage of aromas of the soil and the dark fruit flavors I associate with this vintage. My first observation is the dark black licorice aroma coming from the Cabernet Franc, but the more I examine the wine, the more number 9 estate notes come through. Gravel, soapstone, talc and especially graphite round out the nose, giving it its sense of place. The purity of aroma is striking and very tempting. I find a meaty side to the wine, of grilled steak and even savory jerky. More memorable than the nose, is the texture of the wine on the palate. Upon first sip, the tannins are both silky and full bodied. The fresh acidity brings a juicy quality to the wine. With tannins that are both round and plump, this wine is just delicious. The lingering structure from the tannin proves the pedigree of the wine. I recommend a minimum of 4 to 5 years of aging, but with long term cellaring the wine could last 20 years or more.

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Origin

St. Helena, Napa Valley

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

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Colgin Cariad

Herb Lamb Cabernet Sauvignon

IX Estate Syrah

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