"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."
"This Syrah shows concentrated aromas of blackberry, toffee and spice. The flavors are ripe raspberry,dark chocolate, coffee and mint."
"Furque's Syrah is produced from their 30 year-old vine arbors, located on a sandy-soiled terroir in Uco Valley. This very intense violet-red wine offers developed aromas of berries, leather, smoke and tobacco. With balanced tannins, the finish is long and persistent."
"Clean, fresh and filled with ripe black berry flavors. With time spent in oak, the wine takes on a slight smoky character as well as firm tannins. This wine can be drunk now or over the next two years."
"his wine is opulent, powerful and full-bodied, with silky tannins and round. Stresses purplish color, notes of wild berries, blackberry and violet and hints of cassis.En palate is elegant and personality. The French oak aging gives a pleasantly toasty finish."
"90 pts Wine Spectator Stylish, with a fresh sanguine note running through the core of black cherry and blackberry confiture flavors. Picks up additional spice and red licorice notes on the finish."
"92pts-RP The deep ruby/purple-colored 2003 Hermitage is extremely concentrated. It is the biggest, richest Hermitage I have ever tasted from Belle. A striking liqueur of mineral component is accompanied by notes of flowers and pepper. Opaque purple-colored, full-bodied, powerful, and potentially long-lived, yields for this cuvee were only 18 hectoliters per hectare. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025."
"A ripe, lush, creamy wine with a ton of sweetness, black fruit and good balance... The palate is smooth and lactic, with creamy blackberry, brown sugar and soft tannins."
"This stunning, dense ruby purple tinged 2006 Crozes Hermitage exhibits blackberry, cassis, and charcoal aromas, sweet tannins, full-bodied power and reserves of concentrated fruit."
"100 Points- Wine Advocate. This insanely good Hermitage offers classic notes of smoked meats, charcoal, liquid rock, burning embers, chocolate and cassis, as well as a thick, unctuous and massively concentrated style on the palate. Changing in the glass, with exotic aromatics, incredible purity and building, polished tannin, Syrah doesn't get any better. Given the youthful profile here, I'm sure this will see its 50th birthday in fine form, but it still delivers plenty of pleasure today given its texture, purity and balance."