Crushed stone berry and lead pencil. Flintlock and iodine too. Full-bodied very tight and focused with incredible depth and intensity. Sculpted and intense. Incredible. Silky and tight tannins.
Sporting a deep garnet-purple color the 2019 IX Syrah Estate hops up and down with its showy flamboyant scents of chocolate-covered cherries mulberries and preserved plums before bursting into a gorgeous perfume of bouquet garni candied violets tar and roses followed by unsmoked cigars with a waft of Sichuan pepper. The generous full-bodied palate offers beautifully rounded pebble-like tannins with invigorating freshness and so many fragrant layers that linger with edifying persistence. An absolute diva of a wine!
Lastly Colgin only makes a tiny amount of Syrah but it?s consistently one of the greatest expressions of the variety in California as well as the world. Their 2019 Syrah delivers the goods and brings a Côte Rôtie-like opulence and elegance as well as full-bodied aromas and flavors of blueberries violets smoke game bouquet garni and spring flowers. Pure seamless and perfectly balanced you can safely put this up with anything out there. Enjoy bottles over the coming 15 years.
The 2019 Syrah IX Estate is deep plush and super-expressive. The Colgin Syrah is so unique as it is much a wine of place as it is a varietal Syrah. Huge fruit and captivating aromatics make a strong opening statement. All the elements simply fall into place. In 2019 the Syrah is simply exceptional. All that said readers need to cellar the 2019 for at least a few years as today the fruit remains very front and center and true Syrah notes have not yet started to emerge. - By Antonio Galloni on October 2021 I tasted a huge range of wines both young and older during my most recent visit with Ann Colgin Joe Wender Allison Tauziet and Paul Roberts. The 2019s are more than worthy follow-ups to the 2018s which incidentally are every bit as special as they were last year. Tauziet describes the difference between the two years as a difference in evening temperatures. While 2018 saw no heat spikes to speak of 2019 experienced wider diurnal shifts. The 2019s appear to have a little more density than 2018 but they are of course a year younger. As flashy as the Colgin wines can be young they don?t really start blossoming until around age ten or so.