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    194
  • Producer ranking ?

    44
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Game

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The Story

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.”

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(75% new oak): Bright saturated ruby. Extremely primary aromas of dark berries and violet, with a touch of reduction. Thick, very ripe and sweet, with some exotic oak notes (Colgin uses Damy and François Frères barrels plus a bit of Hermitage) currently dominating the wine's fruit and spice flavors. A distinctly saline style with a note of black olive, this young Syrah appears to be going through a sullen stage, showing more depth of texture than flavor definition today. The toothcoating tannins will require patience.

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The floral perfume nuance that defines the "IX Estate" Syrah is truly vibrant in the 2012 vintage. Jasmine, orange blossom, nicoise olive and herbes de provence notes captivate the nose. Subtle smoky bacon adds a savory essence to the wine's signature black fruit. The floral, fruit, spice and earth elements are so intertwined that the aroma is seductive and beguiling. The rich tannins are lush and succulent making this a luxurious wine on the palate. The concentration and structure ensure that there is much evolution ahead for this aromatic and opulent wine.

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Origin

St. Helena, Napa Valley

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