Tried this the other night:
1. Failla Syrah PhoenixRanch/NapaVlly (14.8%; www.FaillaWines.com) EhrenJordanWineCellars/StHelena 2004
: Very dark/near black color w/ slight browning; very strong roasted/smokey/coffee strong toasty/Fr.oak/charred very strong blackberry/Syrah/pungent some complex nose; soft very strong charred/toasty/Fr.oak strong blackberry/Syrah/boysenberry/spicy slight roasted/espresso/Rhonish/graphite flavor w/ some hard/drying tannins; very long strong charred/toasty/oak strong blackberry/Syrah/spicy/boysenberry light roasted/Rhonish/espresso/smokey finish w/ slightly hard/drying/tannic aftertaste; lots of pungent/Rhonish character and starting to dry out a bit but a lovely/complex/fully mature or beyond Syrah.
A wee BloodyPulpit:
1. EhrenJordan makes some of the best Syrahs in Calif. Usually very Rhonish in character. I've always found his PhoenixRanch one of the best of the up-Vlly Syrahs but somewhat simpler than his QueSyrah or Estate/SonomaCoast Syrahs. This PhoenixRanch has really developed a nice Rhonish character w/ age in the btl. Lovely Syrah.