2003 Carlisle Syrah Pelkan Ranch Knights Valley

Claret like in color. A sharp spice and cranberry nose. The palate is rich and vibrant with blueberries and red cherries, licorice, black pepper. The fine tannins could use another 1 to 2 years more. Nice acidity, fine balance. Just a bit of heat. Finishes long with dark fruits and pepper. I think it needs another 1 to 2 years to peak, but I have a feeling the drinking window after that will not be long. "A-"