The 2008 Scrio (Syrah) wraps around the palate with layers of rich dark fruit. This is a decidedly cool Scrio that stands apart from some of the more bombastic wines of recent vintages. Dark cherries plums espresso and sweet herbs are some of the aromas and flavors that emerge over time but it is the integration of the French oak this year that truly elevates the wine to another level. Not surprisingly in 2008 Scrio was aged exclusively in 1 year-old barrels with no new oak which makes a huge difference. This is understated and flat-out great.