The first bottle of this I tried had likely been exposed to heat during shipping. It is great that I was able to try a proper bottle. Much better. Purple in color with ruby swirls. Interesting nose. It is smoky with a scent that reminded me of a really good corned beef sandwich at a Jewish deli. That is meaty, slightly salty, a bit of yeast, and slight roasted meats. Very proper and welcoming. This is a cool climate Syrah and it drinks very well. There is some bacon fat too, but that wouldn't go at a Jewish Deli. ;-) There also is some boysenberry fruit lurking in the background. The palate has a nice texture. Lots of black raspberry fruit. Firm tannins. Nice acidity. Long finish. This is drinking well but seems like it might still improve a bit. It probably needs another few years and then should drink well for the next 10 after that. It will work well with roasted meats or fowl and also a nice match with Indian cuisine.