2005 Colgin - Red IX Estate 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

My favorite of the 2005 Colgins is the 2005 IX Proprietary Red Estate, a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The good news is that there are 1,500 cases of this blockbuster wine, which has a Bordeaux framework but the exuberance and richness as well as fruit purity of a great Napa wine. Deep purple in color with an extraordinary nose of scorched earth, blueberries, and black currants intermixed with some subtle charcoal notes, spice, box and spring flowers, it is very full-bodied, but beautifully structured and well-delineated. With good acidity despite what is an extremely high pH (3.9), the total acids are reasonable. This is a beauty of harmony, power, and great intensity, but it is light on its feet, and an exceptional example of what this high-elevation hillside estate vineyard is capable of producing.

Drink Dates: 2012-2037
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95(+?)

($275) Good medium ruby-red. The most reticent of these 2005s but with lovely purity and subtlety to its aromas of black plum, sage oil, chocolate liqueur, licorice and smoked meat. Lush, pure and sweet, with lovely spicy lift to the complex flavors of plum, minerals and dried herbs. A wonderfully seamless wine that finishes with youthful medicinal reserve and building but thoroughly ripe tannins. A Medoc-like blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, 10% cab franc and 5% petit verdot.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Serves up a rich, complex array of flavors, built around cedary oak, ripe currant and black cherry, with hints of leather and spice. Ends with a long, intricate finish that pulls all the flavors together. Firmly tannic. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Drink Dates: 2010-2018
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 97
Author: grimesm
Tasted On: 01/25/2009
Drink Dates: 2012-2037
Deep purple, very full bodied, Bordeaux framework, Napa fruit's exuberance, richness, harmony, power, intensity, yet elegant, lightness - from Benjamin Gabriel review

Rating: 95
Author: Jason R
Trust Rating: 98
Drink Dates: 2011-2033

Rating: 92
Author: Butler wan
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/09/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2030
RP wine again.. Quite nice actually but how can it ever be good enough knowing the $$$

Average rating: 95, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

2228 bottles owned by 507 collectors.

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About This Producer


Ann Colgin, a former fine art dealer, began her label in 1992, and it quickly became one of the most sought-after names in Napa. Winemaking duties were originally handled by Helen Turley, then Mark Aubert in 1999. Production of the Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard is very small, with only about 350 cases produced each vintage. As with most of the world's truly great wines, Colgin's philosophy revolves around low yields and meticulous care of the fruit in the vineyard, winery and transportation between the two.

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