2005, Syrah, California
Very dark red, with purple at the rim. Startling, deep nose, earthy, peppery, very smoky (reminiscent of the smoke from burning leaves in Autumn). Pure, juicy flavors on entry, quite penetrating, yet nearly weightless. Really suave tannins. The overall impression is deceptively graceful; there is coiled power and persistence to the flavor and finish that belie the suppleness of the wine.