Originally Posted By: Steve Edmunds
Tom' the bacon fat thing in Syrah is a feature of the grape, and can be found in innumerable cllimate and terroir situations. Trust me on this cool

Well, Steve....I was thinking more Calif here and the most common characteristic I find in Calif cool-climate Syrah is cracked black pepper. I only occasionally find the bacon fat but it seems to me to be a combination of climate & oak treatment.
But what would I know...I only done did follow Calif Syrah from the very start!!! :-)