Bright purple. Vibrant, heady aromas of cassis, blueberry, candied licorice and Moroccan spices, with hints of violet and mocha. Sweet, creamy and deep, with a layered quality to the cassis, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors. Remarkably lush syrah with a broad, palate-staining finish that features suave tannins and a whiplash of dark berry fruit. I'd hold off on opening this for at least a few more years. Mahle fermented all his 2008 syrahs with whole clusters.