Colgin Cellars: Peerless Wines from Napa Valley

Finna Sze | June 1, 2023

Founded by Ann Colgin in 1992, Colgin Cellars is located in Napa Valley and is one of the most fascinating wineries in the region. In 2005, Colgin Cellars was named ‘One of the Fifty Greatest Wine Estates in the World’ by Robert Parker.

Colgin Cellars has three vineyard sites. Tychson Hill is the oldest, with vines that were originally planted in the 19th century. Cariad is a rocky hillside overlooking the heart of Napa Valley and the IX Estate vineyard is carved into a steep, east-facing slope.

The eight hectares of IX Estate are rich and well-drained, reddish clays with weathered igneous rocks. The Colgin IX Estate Syrah is always unique in its textural complexity – abundantly powerful yet precise. The Red Wine was first produced in 2002 and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The Red Wine always shows great power with towering aromatics of dark fruits, savory herbs and spice.

On the other hand, the Cariad is in rich, volcanic, stony soils with gravelly alluvium. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The wine was named after the Welsh word for love, ‘Cariad’, and consistently expresses aromas of perfumed violet and dark fruits. It is elegant and balanced, with a sense of minerality.