A Recent Tasting with Paul Roberts
In a recent conversation and tasting with the hugely knowledgeable COO of Colgin Cellars, Paul Roberts, he shared some fascinating insights into the estate. Despite what is thought, Napa is a very small wine growing regions, in fact it is the same size as Burgundy. It is very diverse and boasts a tapestry of 52 unique soils. Paul explained, there are only 101 different soil types globally, proving how rich this region is and how diverse the wines can be. The aspects and geology in Napa are incredible. He also explained that the berry size of Colgin’s Cabernet grapes is 30% smaller than those from Bordeaux or Tuscany due to its special position. They also have thicker skins but achieve perfect ripeness which imparts outstanding texture and power as well as a beautifully ripe structure. Each wine recounts a sense of place, its own unique identity and a DNA rooted in the land and terroir of each individual vineyard. They are crafted by a team who live and breathe the land. Paul’s passion was truly palpable.
He went on to share his excitement for the 2018 and 2019 vintages and his thoughts for 2020 and 2021. For Paul, these two vintages easily stand in the top ten in the history of estate. He told us his top four are 2013, 2016, 2018 and 2019. While 2018 is darker and more architectural, 2019 has gorgeous, sumptuous ripe fruit and is a spellbinding vintage. Sadly, they already know there will be nothing produced in 2020. Paul told us this will be the first time in the history of the estate they had no wine at all due to climatic conditions. As for 2021, they will need to wait and see, but it looked like drought conditions at bud break.
Paul was also excited to talk about their brilliant new vineyard that they planted in 2019, looking out over the IX Estate plot. When planting is complete, it will be a total of eight hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and its maiden vintage will be in 2027. The team are tremendously excited about this new addition, and we cannot wait to see what the first results are like.