Colgin Cellars IX Estate Red 2012
IX Estate 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 that are 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. Approachable when young, it ages most gracefully.
A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, and petit verdot. Colgin Cellars, completed in 2002, is located at the northern end of IX Estate ("Number 9 Estate"), on a secluded mountaintop in the Pritchard Hill area of St. Helena, California. The state-of-the-art winery provides an inspiring view of Lake Hennessey, reflecting a remarkable marriage of classic design and contemporary technology. Here the graceful lines of a Mediterranean villa, the round, barrel-like signature of the cellar, and vineyards that intimately surround the estate integrate the winemaker's craft with its ecology, creating a noble place that is at once Californian in spirit and timeless in character.