Dark amazing ruby with pink edges.  Decanted heavily.  Huge round nose a tad on the over-ripe side and rife with egg-whites and freshly round flour.  Initial funk turns to intense floral.  Smart briar and root-beer cassis.  Label only says SMV and really curious where the fruit came from.  A little extracted for Garey or Sierra Madre, possibly Nielson or even Bien Nacido?  One would think if it were truly one of these sources it would be indicated on the label.  Heady and nutty and viscous.  A giant chunk of oak, but it plays well into the plumpness of the fruit.  In the mouth, tarry and obscenely briar-rific.  Acidic to a point, with massively extracted plum and bright strawberry forefront, tarry rusted-steel edginess and absolutely CLAWING tannins resplendent and over-powering through the long finish.  This is a most-interesting bottle of Syrah and I rather like it.  It has an amazing bouquet and mouth feel now at five years and this thing would be STUNNING in a decade.  I guarantee it. 

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