So, a few of us know Buena Vista very well indeed, to the point of being or having been wine club members for a while after the 2010 rpm tour. They went bust because their wine was too sophisticated for the market, and have been taken over by ?Constellation (someone like to verify). They sold the Ramal vineyards and are leasing them back, which to me sounds like Tin Man money-man short-term strategery but what do I know? Their 2011 onwards PNs will be more Californian style, maybe RR, with a more fruit-forward approach. I hope they make it with keen acidity then to keep ti balanced, if they're going to continue to make quality Carneros wine. Fingers crossed.
Their Ramal vineyard Pinots Noir from 03-07 are outstanding and even with pH 3.7 they are ageable and have complexity. Although at some ages they go through a rough patch (the 07 recently did) they tend to come out the other end even better. They do different clone bottles too, and you can taste the differences. I learned so much from them, and about food-wine pairing.
Regarding the Syrah, I didn't really love it, but possibly because my head was turned by the PN. It's also been a long time. I have a couple of bottles of both sorts I'm cellaring for a bit. Stylewise likely cooler climate north Rhone, but my palate has evolved since I last tasted it so I can't say anything definitively here.
Worth remmebering also that cheaper Syrah is better than cheaper PN. Their white label PN is OK. It's possible the white label Syrah is closer to its superior sister in the range because the grape is more forgiving.
Also, price. Syrah is not in fashion. I have a bunch of other outstanding wooted Syrahs whose list price is $20-25 (Wellington, Scott Harvey among others... friends feel free to name your faves!) and which came in at $12-14 on woot. I'm not convinced the discount here is good enough considering the street price for the white-label Buena Vista PN is $10 (TJ's) $15-18 (Safeway etc), and Syrah is less popularly desired than Pinot Noir. Although these are VERY GOOD and EXCELLENT QPR prices. The equivalent street price on this wold probably be $15 too, still a decent QPR, if you could find it. Winery list price should be about $22-24 like the equivalent PN list price was, but you never pay that on the streets.
TL;DR Nice juice if you're short of Syrah. I don't remember it blowing me away like some of the others. Not as great QPR as other woots, or even by its own pricing, but second-label Syrah > second-label PN. Bring on the Pinot!