100 points James Suckling:
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.
99 points 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.
97 points Jeb Dunnuck:
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+.
3 bottles in OWC – 750 mL each
Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.
A few minor scratches and such on the box as shown, otherwise perfect.