Delivery was made last week, so the bottle had a chance to settle before opening. PnP. Color and clarity are akin to what cortot20 has in the picture provided. I did notice some slight bricking around the rim when I examined the wine at an angle in front of a piece of white paper. The sediment shown in C20's picture at the top of the bottle was the same for my bottle. The initial aromas reveal vanilla, probably from oak, and mixed dark berries. I did not detect anything that would have indicated that this is 15.1% alc. After a swirl in the glass, I see thin tapering legs left on the walls of the glass. Now another swirl and a swish, I taste dark fruits, like blackberry and currant, and something a little tart akin to cherry. I am not getting any signs of s high alc. content. This is not an alcohol bomb.
For dinner, I prepared grilled burgers topped with blue cheese, since blue cheese and syrah are an excellent pairing. As a side, I put together a fruit salad of blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. About an hour later, time to see what has developed and was the food/wine pairing spot on. The flavor profile remained the same, with less tart and now a touch of spice. The tannins were smooth and the finish clean. While +1 and I usually don't finish a bottle over dinner, this one was gone quickly. (We did save a glass for trying a few hours later.) Pairing was on target, including being able to compare the fresh fruit with the wine.
FF to four hours after opening and this wine is starting to show signs of oxidizing. While C20 left their bottle to be drunk on two days, I found our bottle best after being opened for an hour and would suggest finishing it before three hours. I think at $17/bottle, the price is reasonable for this tasty, easy to drink wine.