This is my favorite Carlisle Syrah. At age 8, it really was a bit young to be opened, but it was delicious after a couple of hours of air. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, bacon fat, black olives and white pepper. Full bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, black raspberry fruit over a charred earthiness. Great balance. Lively. Deep. Long finish. This probably will continue to mature for another five to seven years, and be good for another ten after that. It drinks great on its own and will work well with fatty meat dishes but also Indian or heavier Thai food.