Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2005
Intense and concentrated, with tightly wound pepper, spice, wild berry, currant and fresh leather flavors that slowly and gracefully unfold, revealing layers of complexity and depth and finishing with a long, layered, persistent aftertaste. Drink now through 2014. 411 cases made.
Colgin is one of the reference points for just what heights mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux varietals, and more recently, Syrah, can achieve in Napa Valley. This beautiful estate and winery overlooking Lake Hennessey is owned by Joe Wender and his wife, Ann Colgin (equally renowned for her auctioneering skills), who are assisted by David Abreu, the well-known Bordeaux wine consultant, Dr. Alain Raynaud, and Allison Tauziet, who has skillfully replaced the brilliant Mark Aubert. As the scores and tasting notes suggest, this was an exceptional tasting. Colgin’s 2006s are among the finest wines produced in the vintage.
Good red-ruby. Knockout nose combines musky blue fruits, black raspberry, truffle, smoke, herbs de Provence, olive brine and exotic spices, lifted by a crushed rock element. Then much less open in the mouth, with dark berry fruit currently dominated by earth, spices and saline minerality. Finishes classically dry and very long. I'd hold this still-youthful syrah for at least two more years before pulling the cork.