2006 Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill
ANTONIO GALLONI | FEBRUARY 13, 2017
Colgin’s 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill is simply
extraordinary. The aromatics alone are dazzling. Sweet tobacco, graphite,
mocha, black cherry and spice give the 2006 its exotic, alluring personality.
Rich, deep and expressive on the palate, the 2006 possesses stunning depth and
superb intensity from start to finish. Time in the glass allows the myriad
layers of flavor and dimension to flesh out even more fully in a wine that
captures the essence of the Colgin house style and the personality of this St.
One of St. Helena’s heritage sites, Tychson Hill’s history goes
back to the 1880s, when it was owned by Josephine and Joseph Tychson. At the
time, the vineyard was planted with Zinfandel and other varieties, including
Riesling and ‘Burgundy’ (Pinot Noir). The vines were ripped out during
Prohibition and the land was subsequently sold off in the years that followed. Ann
Colgin and her husband, Joe Wender, purchased Josephine Tychson’s home and
replanted the adjacent vineyard, at the time fallow, the following year. Since then,
Colgin and Wender have continued to add to their holdings as they seek to
reconstruct the original Tychson estate.
Colgin’s original Tychson Hill holdings
Tychson Hill is divided into three major sections. The three
northernmost blocks form Colgin’s original Tychson Hill holdings. The 2.4 acres
were first planted in 1997 by David Abreu. The westernmost block, Upper Tychson
Hill (seen just below the access road), is also the highest parcel on the
property. It was planted by David Abreu in 2007. A few years ago Colgin and
Wender acquired land adjacent to Highway 29 and just south of the original
holdings they call Josephine’s Hill. That parcel, which runs all the way up a
steep hillside on the western edge of St. Helena, was planted in 2014 and
produced its first crop in 2016. Virtually all of Tychson Hill is Cabernet
Sauvignon, but a small percentage of blenders, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot
in particular, are planted on Josephine’s Hill.
An excerpt from the forthcoming Vinous Map The Vineyards of St. Helena & Conn Valley
At nearly eleven years of age, Colgin’s 2006 Cabernet
Sauvignon Tychson Hill remains dense, young and full of life. It should drink
well for another decade or more. My only critique of the 2006 is that at times
the alcohol seems a bit pronounced. Time in the glass helps the wine come
together beautifully, to the point that the last taste is the best. The 2006
was made entirely from the original three blocks and is 100% Cabernet
Sauvignon. Production was around 300 cases. 97/Drinking Window: 2017-2030.