This is a forward and juicy Hillside Syrah – very much in the vein of the 2003 but with a little lower alcohol. The critics will probably like it, but I prefer cooler vintages like 2001 and 2005. You can’t deny the appeal of a vintage like this with its fruity, blueberry aromas offset by some nice toasty oak. The mouth is rich and inviting with juicy forward fruit. Drink this over the next few years while you’re waiting for your ‘01’s and ‘02’s to mature.