Aromas of violets, peppercorns, black olives, Earl Grey tea and flavors that run more to the savory end of the spectrum are typical of Syrah grown in cooler sites like McEvoy Ranch. Although it is not high in acid, it has a freshness to it that is different than most Californian Syrah. Aging in neutral oak allows the wine to flesh out without imparting much in the way of oak flavor. And although we are quite gentle with the extraction, the wine is deeply colored and not lacking for body. As always, it blossoms with some air, so decant it or serve in a large glass, to allow the wine to breathe. Watching a wine open up in the glass is one of the great pleasures of drinking wine, so enjoy!