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2003 Colgin - Red IX Estate 750ml
2003 Colgin - Red IX Estate
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Proprietary Blend
2003 Colgin - Red IX Estate
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 126

($175) Ruby-red. Explosive aromas of black raspberry, minerals, graphite and flowers. Wonderfully sweet and dense, with a superripe suggestion of maple syrup and a note of hot rocks. Finishes with huge, chewy but well-buffered tannins and a lingering note of caramel. Perhaps the least lively today of these 2003s, but winemaker Aubert notes that the 2003 vintage in general here brought higher-than-average acidity.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 207

The 2003 IX Estate Proprietary Red is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from their steep hillside vineyards. The youngest, tightest, most masculine wine of this quartet, it will benefit from another 5-6 years of cellaring and should have 25 years of life ahead of it. This impressive, blue/purple-colored 2003 behaves more like a 4- to 5-year-old wine than one that is a decade old. It is just beginning to strut its full potential. There is a roasted meaty character to this beauty, along with plenty of cassis, blackberries, blueberries, incense and spring flower notes. It admirably reveals the great terroir Ann Colgin and her husband, Joe Wender, have unlocked high above Lake Hennessey.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

A firmly tannic, rustic youngster. Bold and intense. Manages to serve up enough ripe currant, berry and herb flavors to balance the significant tannins. Despite the tannins, there's a wealth of concentrated fruit flavors to savor. Decant. 1,200 cases made.

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Community Reviews

fred2288 Trust Rating: 91 Tasted On: 10/08/2012 Drink Dates:

Drank with Goodmans and Podells at Spruce. Incredible!


Conrad K Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 05/05/2011 Drink Dates: 2007-2020

Wow: mocha and caramel on the nose and palate. Sweet tannins are starting to resolve, but 1hour of air is still required. Long finish and long life ahead.


Thanos Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 09/03/2009 Drink Dates: 2006-2031

Wine Advocate # 168 Dec 2006 Robert Parker 95 Drink: 2006 - 2031 $185-$550 (200) The 2003 IX Proprietary Red Wine, a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and a dollop of Petit Verdot, demonstrates how fabulous the fruit from the estate vineyard can be. Beautiful scents of crushed rocks, spring flowers, licorice, charcoal, blackberries, and cassis are stunningly pure and complex. This opulent, intense, well-balanced, compelling, full-bodied wine appears to have softened considerably over the last year. It can be drunk now or cellared for 20-25 years.

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StefanBoedeker Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 12/26/2008 Drink Dates: 2008-2025

Dark purple, almost black in color with an overwhelming bouquet of heavy black fruit,licorice, minerals,black olive oil, and a hint of oak. On the palate it was an intense experience - powerful and full bodied and thick like ink with the tannins noticeable but perfectly blended in. The finish was amazing.

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