Dark in color. Nearly opaque. Slightly murky. Aromas of blueberries, blackberries, and violets. Great mouth feel - round and voluptuous. Just a touch of heat on the backend (it's 15.0% abv) but the finish is bright enough for me to say this still has a bit of enjoyable life. Pretty good!
For a Cali Syrah, rather restrained fruit. But still, not much Northern Rhone meat and blood character either. Very good balance and good silky mouthfeel. Good, but I think this was just missing something.