Tasting Notes from Winemaker Allison Tauziet:
The 2016 “IX Estate” reflects many facets of flavor. Where prior vintages had an imprint of the drought’s flavor concentration, the 2016 “IX Estate” expresses the energy and vitality that returned to the vines during the growing season. The wine first offers dark notes of chocolate covered cherries, graphite and incense, but soon unfolds further to reveal bright cooling flavors. Juniper, sage, fresh rosemary and jasmine tea marry with the fruit. The supple fine-grained tannins coat the palate with tremendous finesse, offering textural depth in a multitude of layers. A bright note of acid adds harmony and freshness while flavors expand further creating an exceptionally perfumed finish.