Region: Pritchard Hill, Napa Valley, California
Whether you're looking to commemorate a birth, anniversary, or just because you love yourself very very much, this massive Napa stunner will guarantee the drinker at least 750ml of pure unadulterated bliss. There are few guarantees in life, but we feel fairly confident that any Syrah lover will benefit from a bottle or two of "IX Estate" in their cellar.
100 Points from Jeb Dunnuck
2016 Syrah IX Estate reminds me of the otherworldly 2010 and is as profound as Syrah gets. Tasting like Guigal’s Côte Rôtie La Mouline (maybe on steroids) with its huge notes of bacon fat, spring flowers, blue fruits, barbecued meats, and incense, it’s full-bodied and massive yet also thrillingly pure, seamless, elegant, and weightless. It’s certainly approachable today yet is going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for two decades.
98 Points from Robert Parker
The 2016 IX Syrah Estate is very deep purple-black colored with gorgeous blackberry preserves, preserved plums, chargrill and licorice with tar, mandarin peel, Sichuan pepper and violets plus a compelling peach blossom note and a waft of wild sage. The palate is full-bodied with fantastic finesse, so plush and light on its feet and very spicy on the long, long finish.
97 Points from James Suckling
This is so beautiful now and touches every millimeter of your palate with dark berries, nutmeg, hazelnuts, light chocolate, meat and smoke. Wonderful depth and length to this. Drink or hold.