Colgin Cellars, based in St. Helena, Napa Valley, are known for making truly exceptional wines, which compete with Screaming Eagle, Harlan Estate and Sine Qua Non for the coveted title of the best Napa red. After a visit to Napa Valley in 1988, Ann Colgin fell in love with the area and created her first wine in 1992. After purchsaing her first property in 1996 on Tychson Hill, St. Helena, two years later Colgin increased the 3.5 acre estate with the purchase of a 125 acre parcel overlooking Lake Hennessey, upon which she built a 20 acre vineyard. This new property was named IX Estate and has an elevation of 800 to 2,000 feet above sea level, with volcanic and clay loam soils which contribute to the small, intensely flavoured grapes with incredible aromatics of rich fruit, iron and savoury herbs enveloped in fine-grained tannins.

This cult winery became a strategic partner with LVMH and Bernard Arnault in 2017, and became the only American wine label to be a member of Vins d’Exception, joining iconic names like Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau d’Yquem and Domaine du Clos des Lambrays. The production of the estate is smaller than that at Romanee-Conti, making it rarer than hen’s teeth. Among the many accolades Colgin and her estate have achieved, we agree with Robert Parker who considers the IX Estate “as close to a viticultural nirvana as I’ve ever seen.”

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