The 2005 is the most aromatic Syrah produced from this estate yet. Our old world clones have taken root so well on this amazing site and are coming into their own, reflecting not only their origin in the Rhone, but also the organic nuances of the IX Estate soils. My first impression of this wine is the tobacco leaf, bacon fat and lilac of the old Hermitage clone that just leap out of the glass. Those elusive aromas are layered by the pervasive meatiness of the Cote Rotie clones, like succulent grilled duck, cured ham, blackberry cobbler, white peppercorns, road tar, and even a hint of orange zest. This wine is deliciously pliant and coating on the palate, and supported by fresh acidity, a telltale sign of the 2005 vintage. It amazes me the weight that this wine has taken on over the course of its life both in barrel and bottle. Though delicious enough to enjoy now, I anticipate this wine will continue to gain weight and length over the next 2-3 years, and will drink beautifully for 10-15 years. If you must enjoy it upon release, be sure to decant for 3 to 4 hours in advance to fully experience the aromatics.