Colgin Cellars IX Estate Syrah 2012
WA98: The wine that probably gets ignored, but shouldn’t be, is their small production of 350-400 cases of Syrah from their estate vineyard. The 2012 IX Syrah Estate blew me away, and I’ve said many times that it always tastes as if it’s co-fermented with Viognier, but it is always 100% Syrah. It has a honeysuckle, flowery, almost white/peachy component in the blackberry and meaty aromatics that always throw me off. The wine is aged in small oak, but the oak is concealed by the lavish amount of fruit, glycerin and extract. This is a super-intense, massive, yet elegant and complex Syrah that should drink well for 10-15 years.
VM97: The 2012 Syrah IX Estate is fabulous. Sweet tobacco, wild flowers, mint, spices and plums are all beautifully delineated. Varietal notes abound in a vivid, nuanced wine long on class and personality. Distinctly ferrous and cherry pit overtones add complexity on the finish. This is an exceptionally polished, striking wine from Colgin. It is a shame Syrah is so often overlook here, because this is pretty much as good as it gets. Ideally, readers should plan on giving the 2012 at least a few years in bottle to fully come together.