2016 colgin, ix estate syrah, napa valley
Why We're Buying
Colgin Cellars has the Midas Touch. Colgin IX Estate Syrah is just the latest example. The ultra-expensive syrah draws inspiration from the Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage regions of France, yielding "one of the most unique syrahs being made in California." In 2016, Jeb Dunnuck imparted a perfect score on the vintage.
Dynamic and multilayered, with polished blackberry and cured meat flavors, revealing mint hints in the background, building toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2027.
Lastly, the 2016 Syrah IX Estate reminds me of the otherworldly 2010 and is as profound as Syrah gets. Tasting like Guigal’s Côte Rôtie La Mouline (maybe on steroids) with its huge notes of bacon fat, spring flowers, blue fruits, barbecued meats, and incense, it’s full-bodied and massive yet also thrillingly pure, seamless, elegant, and weightless. It’s certainly approachable today yet is going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for two decades.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 IX Syrah Estate is very deep purple-black colored with gorgeous blackberry preserves, preserved plums, chargrill and licorice with tar, mandarin peel, Sichuan pepper and violets plus a compelling peach blossom note and a waft of wild sage. The palate is full-bodied with fantastic finesse, so plush and light on its feet and very spicy on the long, long finish.