2009 Colgin IX Syrah Estate

Year: 2009
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 92
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"A brilliant expression of dense, rich layers of spice, beef, wild berry, savory and herbal notes, offering intensity, focus, grace and finesse. Should evolve beautifully over the next decade or two. Drink now through 2030. From California." (WS)

"The 2009 IX Estate Syrah is simply impeccable. It possesses striking finesse in its aromatics and graceful layers of dark black fruit. This is one of the most unique Syrahs being made in California today. Layers of elegant fruit flow seamlessly to the long, textured finish. The 2009 is remarkable from the very first taste. It shows fabulous aromatic intensity and lift throughout. I loved it. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2029.

Colgin fans will delight in the 2009s and 2010s, two vintages that are fabulous here. The 2009s capture the silkiness and early approachability of the year. They are incredibly appealing wines. The 2010s will probably prove to be even better. I tasted the 2010s from preliminary blends and then in several pure component lots. Let’s just say there is a lot to look forward to. There is no expense spared at Colgin, and it shows in these striking wines. This is a great showing from Ann Colgin, her husband Joe Wender and their winemaker Allison Tauziet." (WA)

"Dark red-ruby. Deep, meaty nose is currently much wilder and less floral than that of the 2008. Supple and sappy but still quite unevolved, with game and musky brown spices dominating. Finishes with a saline nuance and substantial tannins but offers strong potential." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Tasting Notes from Winemaker Allison Tauziet:

The fragrance from the 2009 IX Estate Syrah upon release is remarkably expressive. This wine possesses a beautiful orange blossom lift that makes it incredibly inviting and seductive. The more I delve into the wine, the more savory it becomes. The salty Parma ham, grilled duck breast and dark chocolate that come through on the nose are so tempting. On the palate, that savory quality continues with mouthwatering tannins. They have a fine grained quality to their structure, buttressed by lovely acidity. The orange blossom from the nose, turns to a lingering marmalade aroma on the finish. Overall, this vintage of IX Estate Syrah is full of inviting qualities, making it seem almost precocious, but the unctuous and suave texture of the tannin confirm that this is a wine built to last. Upon release, the wine will express itself quite easily and only require about one hour of decantation, but if laid down to age, it should last for 12 to 15 years.