I had a bottle of 1996 Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz about a year ago, and it was showing beautifully. This was, I think, Spark Marquis' first year there.
Instead of the fruit bomb, the wine had mellowed a little. It was deep and just slightly tannic and had hints (instead of deep deep flavors) of black cherry and raspberry.
I wish I had more of this.
When I met Sparky about a month ago, I asked him about this wine, and he said it was one of his best.