Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2015 IX Proprietary Red Estate sports a deep garnet-purple color and nose of smoked meat, blackberries and black currants with suggestions of baking spices, dark chocolate, fertile earth, dried Provence herbs, cardamom and lavender plus a touch of cigar box. Full-bodied, rich, firm and restrained, it has a lovely earthy, soft-spoken style at this youthful stage, promising great things to come over the forthcoming 25-30 years. (LPB) Robert Parker's Note: (98-100)...another potentially perfect wine from Ann Colgin and Allison Tauziet. This wine shows more earthy, loamy soil notes, Christmas fruitcake, camphor, incense, graphite, blackberry and blueberry fruit and a floral/spring garden aspect that adds complexity. This is full-bodied, deep, rich and will be another 2015 that will drink incredibly well young, but last for three decades or more. Colgin’s magnificent 20-acre vineyard planted at an elevation of 1,150 feet on volcanic soils is supplemented by their 4-acre parcel just north of St. Helena called Tychson Hill, which will ultimately grow to 5.5 acres. The 2014s were reviewed in Issue 227, but some notes on their magnificent 2015s seemed to be in order. Their 2015s may turn out to be one of their two or three finest vintages to date. They are showing incredibly ripe, pure fruit. Their vineyards have certainly excelled.
The IX Estate is the most brooding and tannic of these 2015s from Colgin. Huge swaths of tannin enshroud the fruit in this decidedly virile, intense Pritchard Hill red. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2015 is going to need at least a few years to come into its own. Even today, though, it is a stellar wine.
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