This is a classic example of how well these high octane Syrah's from Paso Robles can age and mature given the chance. The bottle lists this at 16.5% ABV. On release, many naysayers said it would fall apart after five years. They complained about the heat and taste, many without even tasting it first. Now, I will admit that I liked this wine young. And, at age 17, I liked it even better. Of course, if you didn't like it young, you probably won't like it now I suppose. But, it clearly has not fallen apart. It is delicious, complex and has years left. This wine was made by Justin Smith, the owner/winemaker at Saxum. It has an inky purple color with some ruby at the rim. The nose is great with black raspberries, white pepper, and roasted meats. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Juicy black raspberry fruit layered with char and slight dry earthiness. Long finish. We enjoyed it with a chocolate cake but it would work great with roasted foods or even Indian foods.