Bridlewood Syrah 2003/4 CA Central Coast (I think it was '04 but am not sure)
A dark garnet, just out of purple. Big and ripe fruit aromas and some smoke. Almost gushing with dark, seemingly sweet fruit in the mouth, but restrained by quite firm tannins that rush in. Medium length.
Very enjoyable. Drank with osso buco, but I bet it would do nice with a hard cheese after or maybe even on its on before.
Around $13 retail - I'll be looking to buy a couple more