Intense 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. *Collectibles* (JL)
The 2005 IX Syrah Estate is a dense purple-hued wine of polished elegance and finesse, subtle but intense aromatics offering up notes of earth, lard, meat, spring flowers as well as black and blue fruits. It is buttressed by good acidity, and fine, yet sweet tannins. This medium to full-bodied wine should evolve effortlessly for a decade or more. (RP)
Healthy dark red. Very ripe, musky, perfumed aromas of red plum, raspberry and olive tapenade take on orange blossom and herbal nuances with aeration. Very plush, rich and fine-grained, if without quite the dimension of the 2004 version. But this is similarly broad and palate-coating, with its salty and meaty qualities giving it a strong umami character. Much less fruity and sweet on the back end, finishing with mineral and bitter chocolate notes and good grip. This growing season featured relatively long hang time as the budbreak was early and the harvest occurred at the end of September. (ST)
Opens 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.
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