2001 Syrah - Magnum

Deepest magenta in the glass, bordering on purple.  Blackberries and plum jam in the nose, with a touch of smokiness.  On the palate, one finds blueberries, blackberries, plums, and smoky bacon nuances amid a powerful tannin structure.  Finishes with a pleasing side of gamey-ness, lingering like the best campfire ever.  $77.60/Club

Vintage

The 2001 vintage had about 18 inches of rain, or 60% of normal, which ended in early March, a warm spring, and a cooler than average summer that was punctuated by a few hot spots. Put together, this created a long, relatively cool growing season that gave the vines ample time to ripen their fruit in an almost leisurely manner.