A terrific value in a deep-flavored, complex, well-balanced Syrah. Very linear, and not a hint of flabbiness.
Saturated dark, plasma-like ruby. Nose features smoke, dark minerals, roasted herbs, meat, and cassis fruit. Flavorful on entry, with lean, clingy, iodiney/minerally notes overlaying dark, dry blackberry skins. A fair amount of fine-grained tannin and a surprising level of acids lends structure and liveliness. Full-bodied, bone dry. All muscle with not fat. This went very well with braised lambs shanks and grits. B+/A-. Imported by Paul Young Wines, Los Angeles, and purchased from Winex.com for a ridiculously low $9.99. Get some of this.
PS -- I believe I had this wine in Houston several years ago (a different vintage, obviously, and liked it a lot).
PPS - It occured to me after I posted this review that this wine is basically a "Poor Man's Cornas."