Tasting Notes from Winemaker Allison Tauziet:
The 2014 “IX Estate” exhibits a bouquet that marries richness with nuance. The vintage highlights the subtleties of each site. The classic black cherry and licorice at the foundation of this wine are threaded together beautifully with notes of Provençal herbs, iron mineral, and scorched earth. Fresh botanical herbal notes and savory bay leaf show the classicism of Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon itself. The complex flavors are pure and delineated; its immense subtleties are intoxicating. The seamless texture of the 2014 “IX Estate” is suave and smooth, such that its elegance belies its intensity. The 2014 “IX Estate” Red wine is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot.