The wine is bright purple, deep and dark, with an exotic aroma of crushed berries and fennel. There's a trace of freshly ground black pepper in there too, along with some clove or allspice. Properly ripened Syrah has the most complex aroma of all old-world varieties, I think, and we seem to have captured it here. I like the softness too. It makes for an attractive weight on the tongue, neither heavy nor vapid, with a texture that swallows easily. Forty years ago in my wine tasting classes at UC Davis, we were taught the importance of aftertaste in a wine. This one seems to define 'Finish'.