Wine Advocate 91 points - (66% syrah, 19% petite sirah and 15% grenache; 40% new French and American oak): Inky ruby. Smoky aromas of cherry, vanilla and oak spices, with a hint of tobacco emerging with air. Chewy, sweet and herb-tinged, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors and a touch of cracked pepper. Dusty tannins give grip to the clinging finish. There’s something vaguely cabernet-like about this wine, but obviously there’s none in the blend. -- Josh Raynolds
The 2008 Syrah The Big Easy is a large-scaled, jammy wine bursting with plums, blueberry jam and French oak. It shows excellent up-front richness and power, but then loses some intensity on the mid-palate and finish. The Big Easy is 78% Syrah and 22% Petit Syrah that spent 22 months in French and American oak, 40% new. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2016.