Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon 19% Cabernet Franc 15% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot the 2015 IX Proprietary Red Estate sports a deep garnet-purple color and nose of smoked meat blackberries and black currants with suggestions of baking spices dark chocolate fertile earth dried Provence herbs cardamom and lavender plus a touch of cigar box. Full-bodied rich firm and restrained it has a lovely earthy soft-spoken style at this youthful stage promising great things to come over the forthcoming 25-30 years. Lisa Perrotti-Brown
This is a broad-shouldered wine underscoring the richness of the vintage. But it is also bright and fresh with a light bitter and hazelnut character on the finish. Full-bodied focused and textured with a dusty tannin mouthfeel. Tangy and long at the finish. Enticingly fruity. Drink in 2021.
The IX Estate is the most brooding and tannic of these 2015s from Colgin. Huge swaths of tannin enshroud the fruit in this decidedly virile intense Pritchard Hill red. Readers will have to be patient as the 2015 is going to need at least a few years to come into its own. Even today though it is a stellar wine. Antonio Galloni