Can't find my laptop power cable, so this is from an iPad and will be more concise (you're welcome.)
I had a single bottle of this delivered in a box. I wasn't sure if neilloseswine had lost it, or if my friend Michael Gill got my birthday wrong. I'll state this up front- Michael Gill is a friend of mine, we drink together regularly, and I'm a fan of his wines
Upon opening, you'll find this is a new world wine, and you'll know its a Syrah. The nose is very in your face with dark fruits and vanilla, a hint of spice, and alcohol. Stillman is a very good winemaker, but he's not a magician- you don't hide 17.5% completely. I originally opened this at room temperature, but recorked it and opened it two days later. I'm drinking it know and between the temperature and time, the alcohol has become much more subdued.
Drinking the wine is an experience as much as any I've had. When you open this chilled, you get cool, bone dry fruits with a slight chalkiness. I like this a lot, almost reminds me of Cougar Crest. As the wine opens up and warms up, the fruits come out more, the alcohol comes out more, and the vanilla and spice become present. As in your face as the fruits are, this wine is still a complex wine. Give it another 2-3 hours and you'll get more subdued fruits, stronger spices, and more relaxed alcohol. No, you won't forget this wine is 17.5%, but you probably won't mind either.
I really like this wine, especially after being open a few days. Highly recommend opening it chilled. Because of the alcohol and overall dryness, I highly recommend drinking this with same fatty meat like a steak or lamb. This wine could hold its own with a curry, but I wouldn't recommend it. If you can handle the alcohol, you'll love this wine; if not, it may not be your thing.