Colgin’s IX Estate Vineyard is a 20-acre vineyard carved out of a magnificent 125-acre parcel that varies in slope from gentle to steep, with elevations ranging from 1150-1350 feet above sea level. Located high above Lake Hennessey on a secluded mountaintop in the Pritchard Hill area of St. Helena, it is nestled in hillsides of rocky volcanic soils, and embraced by a most agreeable climate. Wine connoisseur and critic Robert Parker considers IX ESTATE “as close to a viticultural nirvana as I’ve ever seen.” The 2005 Colgin IX Estate is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. The 2005 vintage marks the fourth year they produced their Proprietary Red from their Pritchard Hill estate. For this vintage, they dropped about 75% of the crop to the ground in order to maximize color and flavor. “The 2005 is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Inky purple with a provocative and profound bouquet of graphite, white flowers, cassis, and blackberry as well as hints of coffee and chocolate, this full-bodied classic has perfect balance, undeniable purity and a long finish. Drink until 2035.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.