"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."
"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."
"90 Pts - RP. The entry level release that comes from the younger vines of the estate, the 2014 Cote Rotie Le Village would be a great intro into the wines of Cote Rotie. Perfumed and upfront, with lots of the classic raspberry, black cherry, mint, flowers and olive characteristics common in the region, it has medium-bodied richness, juicy acidity and a forward, deliciously quaffable profile that will make it hard to resist in its youth."
"91 Points - Wine Spectator. An alluring style, with a whiff of white pepper giving way to sleek sanguine and iron notes that race along, presenting pretty bitter cherry and damson plum fruit flavors. The long finish lets savory and mineral details play out. Drink now through 2023."
"A ripe, racy, unadorned style, with a pure beam of crushed plum and raspberry fruit, backed by subtle blood orange and violet notes. Elegant, refined and feminine notes of wild strawberry, raspberry and violet lead way to a balanced finish."