Robert Parker 100P
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.
Everything at Colgin is done in such a meticulous, almost obsessive way, it’s no surprise that they have been on a qualitative surge since establishing their winery high on Pritchard Hill. On my last visit there, the 2013s had just been released, and two of those wines, the Proprietary Red IX Estate and the Tychson Hill both scored triple digits, with the Cariad and Syrah IX Estate 2013s a mere 98 points. This is just how magnificent these wines have become. Of course, they have a talented team led by Ann Colgin. Winemaker Allison Tauziet, who mentored under Mark Aubert, continues to develop as a superstar while working with well-known Bordeaux consultant Dr. Alain Raynaud. Furthermore, the long-time viticulturalist managing these fabulous vineyards is none other than David Abreu. The 2014s have put on weight across the board, and it’s no surprise that they are nearly as profound as the Colgin 2013s (just released in September of 2016) have turned out to be. These are all amazing wines from one of the world’s greatest small wineries and merit serious attention.
Jeb Dunnuck 100P
Another perfect wine from this estate is the 2015 IX Estate which is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot. This inky purple-colored beauty has everything: incredible aromatics, huge richness, insane purity, and a singular character that needs to be tasted to be believed. Crème de cassis, blueberries, violets, flowers, and lead pencil shaving-like notes all soar from the glass and it hits the palate with a youthful, full-bodied, beautifully concentrated style that builds incrementally, has fine tannin, and integrated acidity. It needs 4-5 years of bottle age but will keep for 3-4 decades.
I continue to be blown away by what winemaker Allison Tauziet accomplishes with these releases from Colgin. Year in, year out, these are some of the most spectacular, singular, and compelling wines made in the world. The 2015s are slightly in the style of her 2013s and aren’t blockbusters, yet have an elegant, detailed style that builds with time in the glass. There’s nothing over the top and they shine for their elegance, complexity, and nuance just as much as for their considerable richness and power. Life is too short to not try these wines at least once!