At first we sensed an earthy musty nose to this wine, but after about 15 mins., that cleared up into aromas of plum, dark fruits, tar, and hints of mint. There was a little heat in this one as well, but there was alot of dark fruit on the palate with a very complex and long finish. It was drinking well now, but could stand to lay down for another 3-4 years. It definitely showed better with food, but was something that you could sip (for instance while watching a ballgame, provided you could find a suitable game ) It drank more like a cab than the typical petite syrah which I associate with more a tight, gritty palate. I'd give it 94 points.