We have been making this wine since 2007. The original bud wood (Serine which is the oldest selections of Syrah) was brought over from one of my favorite vineyards in Cote Rôtie, Les Grandes Places. It has continued to produce some of the most incredible displays of the Rockpile Vineyard. Just looking at the color of this dark opaque purple with hints of dark red on the rim, this wine has stupendous aromatics of cassis, roasted earth, savory tapenade, black cherry cola and just a touch of lavender and violet. On the palate this wine is compelling. Full-bodied and concentrated, but also showing pinpoint balance, elegance and intensity from the front palate to the mid palate to an astonishingly long finish.