By way of background: This is Chez Ray Rodger's Vineyard Syrah, Mendocino CA, 2008 (SR8V). Grapes, yeast and process are described here.
Original notes, December, 2011:
In the glass: Dark magenta, opaque from about a half inch from the edge.
On the nose: Poured cool without a decant and swirled vigorously, shows a soft and furry, lightly oaked fruit nose.
On the palate: The first element on the palate is round ripe fruit compote, a mix of black and red berries. It is soft and turns aromatic after a few seconds, bringing some violet aloft. Finish is brief, but full and clean.
In summary: Overall, a soft, solid, mid-palate experience, generating three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
Updated notes, over a year later, March, 2013: Consistent color. Light nose, perhaps lightly corked. Fresh, full and fragrant fruit remains. This particular bottle is slightly corked, however, tarnishing the experience, which does seem that it would be otherwise quite solid.
Updated notes, over two more years later, July, 2015: Medium magenta, opaque just in the center. Clean, fresh light berries on the nose. Seems like it will show red raspberry fruit. It is ripe raspberry on the palate, some hot alcohol. Nice red berry finish. Very youthful, gets a plus on top of the three stars for the bright, red berry stylings, still going strong after seven years from vintage date.