Smelling this takes my breath away. Cloves, floras, metal shavings, blackberries and smoked meat. Mandarin zest, too. Full body with a perfect balance of ultra-fine tannins and great complexity. Goes on for minutes. Sets a new standard of syrah for California. Don't wait to drink this.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Very deep garnet-purple, the 2015 IX Syrah Estate opens with intense crushed black cherries, black plums and mulberries with underlying black pepper, peppered salami, violets and chocolate box plus a lovely star anise and sandalwood waft. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and wonderfully soft and sexy, it gives tons of perfumed black fruit and spice cake layers, finishing very long.
The 2015 Syrah IX Estate is reminiscent of a Hermitage from the likes of Michel Chapoutier. Cured meats, blackberries, cracked pepper, and spring flower notes all emerge from this layered, elegant, gorgeously pure Syrah that has integrated acidity, perfect balance, and a great, great finish. It needs 2-3 years of cellaring and will keep for 15+.
Boldly structured, yet supple and rich, with expressive blackberry, smoky beef, licorice and fresh pepper flavors that take on speed toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2028.
From low yielding clonal selections originating in the Cote-Rotie and Hermitage regions of France, the IX Estate Syrah is characterized by the Old World aromatics of the Northern Rhone and a remarkably nuanced bouquet of cured meat, pepper, blackberry, coffee and acacia, graced with a black floral uplift. Its voluptuous texture, savory palate with mouthwatering tannins, and dense black color is truly irresistible, smooth and expressive. Considered “one of the most unique Syrahs being made in California today.”