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    258
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    34
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

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From low yielding clonal selections originating in the Cote-Rotie and Hermitage regions of France, the IX Estate Syrah is characterized by the Old World aromatics of the Northern Rhone and a remarkably nuanced bouquet of cured meat, pepper, blackberry, coffee and acacia, graced with a black floral uplift. Its voluptuous texture, savory palate with mouthwatering tannins, and dense black color is truly irresistible, smooth and expressive. Considered “one of the most unique Syrahs being made in California today.”

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Saturated medium ruby. More Hermitage than Côte-Rôtie on the extraordinary nose, conveying an impression of granitic minerality to its scents of crushed blackberry, blueberry, violet, licorice and charcuterie. Delivers an uncommon combination of density, energy and definition, not to mention a deeply spicy quality and more obvious iron-like minerality and gaminess than the 2011 version. Still a baby, this remarkable, tightly wound Syrah boasts a slowly mounting, palate-staining finish and perfectly buffered tannins. Exceptional--and built for a long life in bottle.

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The Colgin Syrah is vinified from four separate one acre parcels at IX Estate each with its own site specific attributes. All four plots have a different clone and rootstock combination along with soil changes which create four distinctive components. To craft the most complex final blend, we ferment and age all lots separately, selecting only the finest French oak barrels. In 2010, fermentation and maceration resulted in an average vatting time of 31 days. After 20 months of barrel ageing this Syrah was bottled in June 2012 without fining or filtration.

 

The cooler growing season helped to bring new dimensions of flavor to our 2010 "IX Estate" Syrah. In addition to the wonderful orange blossom and violet perfume that our syrah frequently exudes, in 2010 we have deliciously dense flavors of charred beef and grilled duck meat. A brooding mixture of these savory meats and feminine floral fruits continues into the palate, where suave, savory tannins take over. There is a wonderful salty flavor on the palate, very reminiscent of the northern Rhone. Because of the sheer density of this wine, I anticipate it will age for 15 years or longer. Upon release it is luscious and creamy, but the structure of the tannin should guarantee the wine will support a long aging provided good provenance.

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St. Helena, Napa Valley

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