Cool climate Syrah in California is a very different beast than the bigger, riper examples more typical of the Golden State. Aromas of violets, peppercorns, black olives and Earl Grey tea and flavors that run more to the savory end of the spectrum are typical of Syrah grown at the McEvoy ranch. Aging in neutral oak allows the wine to flesh out without imparting much in the way of oak flavor. Syrah, for such a strong flavored wine, is surprisingly easy to overwhelm with oak. And although we are quite gentle with the extraction, the wine is deeply colored and not lacking for extract. It likes a bit of air, so decant or better yet, drink it slowly, and watch it evolve in the glass.