The 2005 is the most aromatic Syrah produced from this estate yet. Our old world clones have taken root so well on this amazing site and are coming into their own, reflecting not only their origin in the Rhone, but also the organic nuances of the IX Estate soils. My first impression of this wine is the tobacco leaf, bacon fat and lilac of the old Hermitage clone that just leap out of the glass. Those elusive aromas are layered by the pervasive meatiness of the Cote Rotie clones, like succulent grilled duck, cured ham, blackberry cobbler, white peppercorns, road tar, and even a hint of orange zest. This wine is deliciously pliant and coating on the palate, and supported by fresh acidity, a telltale sign of the 2005 vintage. It amazes me the weight that this wine has taken on over the course of its life both in barrel and bottle. Though delicious enough to enjoy now, I anticipate this wine will continue to gain weight and length over the next 2-3 years, and will drink beautifully for 10-15 years. If you must enjoy it upon release, be sure to decant for 3 to 4 hours in advance to fully experience the aromatics.
Wine SpectatorIntense and concentrated, with tightly wound pepper, spice, wild berry, currant and fresh leather flavors that slowly and gracefully unfold, revealing layers of complexity and depth and finishing with a long, layered, persistent aftertaste. To be released spring 2008. Drink now through 2014.
Wine AdvocatePreviously recommended, but no tasting note given.
Wine EnthusiastOpens with an inviting aroma combining powerful fruits with subtle chocolate, toasted marshmallow and smoky oak notes. Drinks astonishingly complex, offering waves of blackberries, currants and cherries, plums and sweet summer blueberries, all wrapped into mature, smooth tannins. An intriguing touch of grilled meat and pepper turns up in the long, spicy finish. Drink now-2015.