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2009 Colgin Cellars IX Estate Red Wine Napa Valley
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96(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012

(69% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot, 10% cabernet franc and 6% petit verdot):  Saturated deep ruby.  Pure but subdued aromas of black cherry, blueberry, menthol and sweet butter.  Pure liquid pleasure in the mouth, combining the seamlessness of the Tychson Hill with the tannic force of the Cariad.  This wonderfully sweet, palate-saturating wine is downright penetrating without betraying any rough edges.  Finishes strong and very long, with mouthfilling chocolatey ripeness.  A classic example of the way the best Napa Valley cabernet-based wines can combine sheer sweetness and size with structure.

97 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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