2010 Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Proprietary Red
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 IX Estate is another perfect wine. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by copious aromas of blueberries, cassis, pen ink, asphalt, licorice and subtle oak. Full-bodied and rich but light on its feet, this spectacular effort was created from a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. Enjoy this profound wine over the next 25+ years. (RP)
Super-complex on the nose with roses, pure fruit and walnuts. Hints of plums. It's full-bodied with velvety tannins and crazy spicy character. Firm, chewy texture. Savory finish. Even slightly salty.
Colgin's 2010 IX Estate opens with sweet, exotic aromatics before more savory elements start to emerge from the glass. A superb example of a wine that manages to be both flashy and true to its site, the 2010 has it all. Over time, the 2010 just gets better and better. The IX Estate is one of the wines that benefits most from double-decanting. Watching that transformation unfold is fascinating, to say the least. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby. Intense, rather wild savory aromas and flavors of black raspberry, soy sauce, mocha, tobacco and game, with a hint of chocolatey superripeness. Plush, rich and sweet, conveying lovely fullness without excess weight, with underlying minerality giving the very long finish a firm edge. Silky and elegant wine. These 2010s have pHs of around 3.85, which I gather is a tad lower than average. (ST)
Pleasing for its richness, elegance and finesse, this graceful red presents a delicate mix of dark berry, licorice, light cedar and loamy earth, gliding along on the finish, where the wine is amazingly polished. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot.
The 2010 "IX Estate" is 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot.