Excelsior Syrah begins with a smoky, meaty aroma of blackberry and plum along with a bit of licorice, mint and spice. It's a very nice and rather Northern Rhone-like beginning to this wine. Tasking a sip reveals it to be very smooth and full of juicy fruit and licorice in the mouth. It retains a bit of the smoked meat from the nose as well.
This is a really nice, easy drinking Syrah. Touches of pepper, vanilla and chocolate lead into dry, soft, satisfying finish.