Black fruit and red fruit, oak, and bright notes of peppery spice. Intensely structured with a medium-to-full body. It's dry, with bold tannins and decent acidity. This is one of those wines that make you rethink your expectations for a wine under-$25. Jeb Dunnuck called it “beautifully done” and “a smoking value.”
Tasted out of bottle, the 2018 Syrah Santa Barbara County is another terrific wine that could be 2-3 times the price. Elegant, complex notes of red plums, blackberries, toasted spiced, peppered meats, and flowery incense all give way to a medium to full-bodied Syrah that has silky tannins, no hard edges, and just a balanced, layered style that’s impossible to resist. It’s beautifully done, as well as a smoking value. It will evolve for 8-10 years.