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Colgin Syrah Napa Valley IX Estate 2003

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Ann Colgin and Joe Wender's love of wines from the Northern Rhone Valley inspired them to plant syrah at IX Estate. This rugged high elevation, east-facing slope with extremely rocky soil is proving to be an exceptional site for this varietal. Planted on low yielding old clones with pedigrees originating in the Cote-Rotie and Hermitage regions of France, IX Estate produces syrah with saturated black color, essences of wild blackberries and a sauvage note of game and animal. Winemaking showcases the highly intense, ripe syrah grapes from the four different plots at the vineyard. Each plot is fermented separately in a combination of open top vats and conventional closed stainless steel fermenters. The 2003 wine had an average vatting time of 52 days and was aged for nineteen months in 100% new French oak barrels while maintaining fine lees contact to further increase the complexity and give greater body in the process. The wine was racked just once before bottling without fining or filtration.

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The Colgin winery, completed in 2002, is located at the northern end of IX Estate in the Pritchard Hill area of St. Helena, California. The state-of-the-art winery provides an inspiring view of Lake Hennessey. A collaboration between Tom Faherty, architect from Valley Architects of St. Helena, Hendrix Allardyce Interior Design of Los Angeles, Mark Aubert and the owners, the winery features cla... Read more
The Colgin winery, completed in 2002, is located at the northern end of IX Estate in the Pritchard Hill area of St. Helena, California. The state-of-the-art winery provides an inspiring view of Lake Hennessey. A collaboration between Tom Faherty, architect from Valley Architects of St. Helena, Hendrix Allardyce Interior Design of Los Angeles, Mark Aubert and the owners, the winery features classical design coupled with contemporary technology. The design emphasizes gentle handling of the fruit from the extensive sorting system to the gravity fed movement into the fermentation tanks. The winery is not open to the public but we wanted to share with you these images of the facility. Read less

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/14/2011

Production of this cuvee escalates to 500 cases with the 2003 IX Syrah Estate. Revealing more of the smoky bacon fat, melted asphalt, peppery, blackberry side of Syrah, it possesses a northern Rhone Valley-like structure as well as huge concentration... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from California in USA. 2003 Colgin IX Syrah Estate 750ml



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Ann Colgin and Joe Wender's love of wines from the Northern Rhone Valley inspired them to plant syrah at IX Estate. This rugged high elevation, east-facing slope with extremely rocky soil is proving to be an exceptional site for this varietal. Planted on low yielding old clones with pedigrees originating in the Cote-Rotie and Hermitage regions of France, IX Estate produces syrah with saturated black color, essences of wild blackberries and a sauvage note of game and animal. Winemaking showcases the highly intense, ripe syrah grapes from the four different plots at the vineyard. Each plot is fermented separately in a combination of open top vats and conventional closed stainless steel fermenters. The 2003 wine had an average vatting time of 52 days and was aged for nineteen months in 100% new French oak barrels while maintaining fine lees contact to further increase the complexity and give greater body in the process. The wine was racked just once before bottling without fining or filtration.

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