Given its price, it's good that the partnership produced a thoroughly singular scent. IX opens smelling exactly like a Napa wine cellar on a rainy day: full of resinous, oaky must, then progressing quickly to a sage and bergamot botanical musk with a touch of rose inflected at the edges. The entire scent is pretty close to the skin, but the body and dry down particularly so, with loads of lavender and woody notes for a soft finish.
Wearing it really does feel like taking a winery tour on a March afternoon right before a rainstorm, which is a testament to SIP's ability to capture and relay scent memories. Next, I vote they re-create San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers in a fragrance — I'd be on that one no matter the price.