The Syrah, from Flanagan's original vineyard site in Bennett Valley, is always top-tier. The main block is on a 30 degree slope, on red volcanic soils, with a southwest aspect. In June and July the block gets sun until 9pm. Every afternoon between 3pm and 4pm the wind rolls in from the coast and the temperature drops sharply. Syrah likes low vigor sites, with cooler temperatures, and wind. This site has all of that and always delivers world class Syrah fruit.
The nose displays Violets, Black Cherry, Cedar, and Leather. On the palate there are notes of Red and Black Fruits (Pomegranate, Black Cherry, and ripe Black Plum) with a hint of vanilla.