2014 california syrah The 2014 California gargantua Syrah is and opaque purple hued Syrah with an Intense savory aromatic perfume of purple flowers, savory herbs, greek olive tapenade and peppered meat. There is a strong notion of California garrigue with garden herbs like Bay leaf, Rosemary, Thyme, and a unmistakable salty saline character from the whole cluster stem inclusion without an overt stem driven herbaceousness. This wine has strong mineral accented flavors with a generous frame of dark fruit sweetness and a great balance of acidic drive. Wines that remind me of fine hand-thrown pizzas are thrilling and this wine is not unlike a liqueur of wood fired oven, olive, meat and pepper with plentiful fine grained sweet tannins to allow this wine to drink well for the next 10 years. Drink 2018-2028.