Nielson by Byron 2012 Nielson Vineyard G-S-M (Santa Maria Valley)

Very dark in the glass, this inky wine shows aromas of iodine, distilled violets and wound-up black-currant fruit, making the Syrah appear in charge. It's very dense but not especially ripe on the sip, where layered tannins reluctantly reveal elderberry and lilac flavors. Though five years old, it still needs time to unwind. Matt Kettmann

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